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If you like dried flowers you don't necessarily have to buy them in the store, you can in fact make them from home. Drying the flowers is not complicated at all; it only takes time and patience. With dried flowers we can prepare different floral compositions to beautify your home or to give as gifts on special occasions. In this regard we will illustrate you how to dry flowers following our directions.
How to dry the flowers, flowers and harvesting
Not all flowers are suitable for drying: orchids, tulips and all those flowers that have very fleshy petals and are rich in water are not very suitable. Instead, roses, hydrangeas, peonies, long-stemmed flowers, mimosa, violets are flowers that can be dried with excellent results.
For the purpose of a good job, it is important how to collect the flowers: you must use specific gardening scissors and make a cut starting from the stems of the flowers at the bottom, in order to leave them long. This will make drying easier and more effective!
Before moving on to drying, it is essential to check the flowers. they must not have stains or lesions.
How to dry the flowers, the simple procedure
There are several techniques for drying flowers. The simplest and most widespread technique is to hang the flowers upside down collected in small tied bunches, in a dry and airy environment, away from sources of heat and light.
Before hanging them, the bunches must be tied with a thread of straw or raffia to prevent the stems from ruining: they can be hung on the lines from the clothesline in the attic or in the garage.
For small flowers or loose petals that can be used to create linen perfume and put-pourri, you can simply insert them between the pages of a tightly closed book, which will act as a press: in a few days, it will dry the flowers perfectly.
How to dry the flowers, flowers with short stems
Flowers that have short stems and are heavy must follow another type of drying. How to proceed?
- Get some sand and a box big enough to hold the flowers well
- Arrange the sand on the bottom of the box with a layer a few centimeters high, then lay the flowers on it, and cover with sand.
- Put the box in the sun (or on a radiator) for 15 days
- After this time, take out the flowers very carefully and with a semi-rigid brush, remove the dust that has remained stuck to the flower.
How to dry the flowers, useful tips
- Also get sprigs loaded with leaves or berries: you will need them to embellish and make your dried flower compositions original.
- Sprigs of ivy, spikes, herbs, oak leaves and other leafy trees may be suitable.
- You can also dry the moss, even if the operation is rather slow.