Have you seen dried floral arrangements and wondered “How did they do that?” You, too, can preserve the beautiful flowers you nurture in your own landscape. Here’s how:
- Decide what flowers you want to harvest and how you to use them. Dried flowers can be used in floral arrangements for a long-lasting centerpiece; they can be used as decorating accents, potpourri, and dried herbs to be used for cooking year round.
- Cut flowers when they are just opening and petals are new. Flowers that are older will lose their petals as they dry.
- Suspend flowers upside down in a cool, dark location. It will take 2-3 weeks for flowers to dry completely.
- After flowers have dried, spray with a fine mist hairspray or a fine mist floral spray found in craft stores.
- Display in a location where they can be enjoyed, but are out of bright sunlight. Replace seasonally.
Blanket Flower, Straw Flower, Statice, Larkspur, Hydrangea, Black Eyed Susan, Lavender; Millet, Yarrow, Rose, Russian Sage, and Rosemary.
You can your microwave to speed up the drying process. You will need silica gel crystals that can be purchased from a craft store. Place a layer of crystals 1-2” deep in the bottom of a glass container. Place the stem of the flower in the crystals. Cover the entire flower with silica crystals. Microwave on high for 2-5 minutes depending on the type of flower. Let the glass container set for 30 minutes. Gently remove the silica crystals from the container and brush crystals from flower with a small paintbrush. Flowers can then be sealed with a fine mist hairspray or sealant found in the floral department at your local craft store. Enjoy September!