Flowers bring joy to our lives. They are reminders of good memories. They are symbolic of feelings and emotions. And like emotions, we often try hard to preserve flowers. In this article, we describe a few DIY flower preservation methods. You can also use them to protect flowers from drying up quickly.
Keep in mind that the best time to think of preserving is when you have fresh flowers that is when your floral beauties are in full bloom.
The application of glycerine ensures your flowers retain moisture for longer periods of time. You will be able to enjoy its charming beauty for much longer. Glycerine basically takes the place of water in the plant, thereby ensuring the texture is retained, and the flowers stay free of wrinkles. A possible downside of this method is that the colour of the flower tends to fadeaway with time. So, it is recommended that you add food colouring or other dyes for longer retention of the colours.
Though a bit complicated and slightly on the expensive side, freeze-drying results in your flowers retaining their original look and colour. Book an online freeze-drying service or simply consult your local florist. Freeze-dried flowers retain their fragrance. However, the flowers will become extremely fragile once freeze-dried. Do handle with care!
This is the most commonly used preservation technique for flowers. Take the leaves off and then, using a rubber band, tie the flowers into small bundles of three or four. Now, hang them upside down, making sure the area is ventilated properly and out of sunlight. Depending on the type of flower, the process of air-drying can take a week or months to be complete. Once completed, the flowers will be fragile.
For better preserving the elegance of your flowers, use pressing. As you have probably guessed by now, pressing makes your flowers become flat. Therefore, this method of flower preservation is ideal for those that are already mostly flat, such as pansies.
Put your flowers inside a book or on a piece of newspaper, ensuring they don’t overlap. Wrap the paper, or close the book, and put a heavy piece of cardboard on top. Place more weight on top of this setup and leave it for two to four weeks. Remove the weight at the end of the process and voila! Your flowers are ready to roll!
This may sound a bit risky, but if done well, it can have the best results for your flowers. First, you need to remove most of the stem from the flower. Put them in a microwave-safe bowl or container. Make sure there is a layer of silica gel at the bottom of the container. Place the flowers on top of this layer, adding another layer of gel on top of the blooms. Place this set up in the over, just above defrost. Once completed, remove the container and cover it, leaving a slit. Let it sit for 24 hours.
This is an excellent method for preserving flowers for decorative purposes. Start by researching the type of mould you want to use as your flowers will be sealed in the resin mould. The most preferred type is the spherical mould.
Not the most inexpensive resource, but silica gel can give you amazing results in flower preservation. Use an airtight container to prevent the flower from drying out too much. Silica gel is reusable and serves a long-term purpose.
This method is ideal for plants with berries or seeds in pods. A shellac solution, comprising 2-parts ethyl alcohol and 1-part shellac, prevents the berries and seeds from falling off stems or opening. They are available at any hardware store. Dip, spray, or brush the solution on to your plants.
Our last tip on preserving fresh-picked flowers is by using paraffin wax. This process is preferred by those who don’t wish to dry their flowers, such as roses, tulips, and daisies but want to give durability to them. Usually, flowers preserved this way last a week. However, the more wax you use, the longer you will have your flowers. Some flowers have even lasted for a decade or more! Preserve your precious blooms, for they represent memories. Get started with these useful tips on flower care and see the difference.
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