Here is the third and last blog for the series of methods for drying flowers. Now you all have an open choice as to which method you find easiest and most suitable to dry out your flowers. It is always great to dry flowers and secure them for long as mostly we have great memories attached to those flowers. But keep one thing in mind, if you want to dry flowers don’t wait for your fresh flower to wilt or droop you need to start the drying process with the fresh flowers. Before you start drying keep one thing in your mind that you’ll need to remove any withered or damaged petals off the flower.
Drying Flowers Using Microwave:
If you like dry flowers but you just don’t have the patience enough to wait for till that long than you have a way out and that is drying your flowers through microwave. Drying flowers through microwave is a fast and effective way. It is a little difficult to dry flowers through microwave because than you need to be a little careful as the results may be not as desirable as they can be through air drying. All that works in microwave drying is the try and experience. The more experience you have the more will be your expertise to choose the right time for drying your flowers. When you dry your flowers in microwave you need to be more careful in selecting the flowers. They should be at their prime else they may turn out to be ugly brown in color. Drying in microwave is done with the drying agents. Place a layer of half inch in the box and then place the flower in it covering it than again with the drying agent. Place the flower in the microwave and do keep a small bowl of water beside the flower in microwave. After every minute or a half you will need to rotate the flower. Almost all the flowers get dried perfectly within 3 minutes but sometimes a rose may take about three and a half minutes. Keep checking your flowers for if they have dried every time you rotate them. When you think your flower is done and cooked well take it out of the microwave but do not remove it immediately from the drying agent. Let it rest and settle for few hours. Again experimenting will make you get to know better that how long any of the flowers is needed to be left in the drying agent. This time can be any where from 8 hours to about 24 hours.
Drying flowers is fun and something that makes us keep feeling the pleasure of the love and care that we receive through flowers for long. First blog of this series have already reached you and here is the other method for you through which you can dry out your flowers.
Drying Flowers Using Drying Agents:
In first blog we got to know how to dry flowers in air. Now the method that you can use to dry flowers is through drying agents. Yes there are numerous materials that are used as drying agents for flowers. Mostly the flat type of flowers like pansies or daisies is best when it comes to drying through these methods. Drying agents that are used for drying flowers are silica gel, sand,fresh kitty litter and white cornmeal and borax mixture. Among all the drying agents silica gel is believed to be the most effective one. Drying flowers through drying agent would need you to have a dish or tray that is deep enough. In the dish lay an inch high layer of your drying agent. If you have flat flowers like daisies or pansies you can place them facing down in the drying agent and later pouring the drying agent over the flowers. If you have the flowers that have multiple layers of petals than you should place them facing upright in the dish or box whatever you are using. This way you can pour in the drying agent on to the flower making sure that it is completely covered with the agent. For drying flowers using drying agents you need to keep intact the stem of flower at least a half inch long. After you have completely covered your flowers with drying agent keep them in the safe area or to accelerate the drying process and making it get done in short time you can use the microwave too. Check a flower for the dryness and if you find them even a little soft cover the flowers back and let them dry until they turn out to be dry completely and feels like paper. When your flowers have dried and you want to store them, wrap them carefully in a sheet of paper or newspaper and put them in a box. You can keep the box in your garage or store room. While you store flowers be careful of rodents or insects. You can use mothballs as a precautionary measure to remain saved from the problem.
Still there is another method left for you before you go for drying flowers, so you can choose the one of your choice that you find the easiest. Keep coming and checking around for the third and last part of this series.
People do like to keep the flowers for long with them. Sometimes these flowers are bought by us ourselves and sometimes they remind us of great happy moments as gifted by the very special people in our life over different occasions. Drying flowers and than using them in arrangements and other things help us in saving the flowers for years and helping us in remembering all those golden moments. There are majorly three different ways used to dry flowers. Here is how you can save your flowers too for years.
Air drying is the most commonly adopted method by people to dry out flowers. This one is really simple too. Just cut the flowers right after the dew is gone and remove all the foliage off the stems. After you have removed the foliage either hang each flower upside down with the bottom of stem tied to a nail or any thing else with the string. You can either hang each flower separately or form a bunch and hang it after tying it. Keep one thing in mind that hang the flowers always upside down so the petals and flowers head remain straight and doesn’t appear like the drooping ones when kept in vases. If you want to dry only the flower heads than place them on a sheet of paper or news paper. It is very important to provide flowers with appropriate environment for drying. Dry your flowers always in cool dark place because keeping them in sunlight would cause the flowers to fade out. Humidity, temperature, air flow are all the factors over which the time needed for drying the flowers depends over. It may take from 24 hours up to a week for drying flowers depending on their type too. Whatever you do or however you dry your flowers out they should feel like paper when dried and no more soft. After you have dried your flowers keep them out of reach of dried and forced airflow. This may cause the dried flowers to brittle and shatter. To remove the dust off your dried flowers you can use the soft brush or the hair dryer at the lowest possible setting.
If you want to store your dried flowers than wrap them in the newspaper and place them in the cardboard box. When you store keep one thing in mind that they should remain out of dry or damp air reach. The temperature of storage place will not matter but the air is an extremely important factor.
This is the first method how you can dry up your flowers. Keep checking for the other methods to be shared shortly….. Till than have fun drying your flowers.
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