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There are several techniques for drying flowers, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Here are a few popular methods:
Air-drying: This is the simplest and most natural method of drying flowers. Simply tie bunches of flowers together with twine or rubber bands and hang them upside down in a dry, well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight. This method works well for flowers with sturdy stems and petals, likes roses, yarrow, and statice.
Pressing: This method involves flattening flowers between the pages of a heavy book, such as a dictionary or phone book. Flowers should be placed between sheets of wax paper or parchment paper to prevent them from sticking to the pages. Pressing works well for flowers with delicate petals, such as roses.
Microwave Drying: This method is considered the fastest and more efficient way to dry flowers, but it has its own risks. First, you will have to make sure that the flower is not too thick, and that it can dry evenly. Place the flowers in between paper towels and put them in the microwave for a few seconds, check the progress and repeat if needed.
Silica Gel Drying: This method involves placing flowers in a container of silica gel, which absorbs moisture and dries the flowers quickly. This method works well for flowers with delicate petals and shapes, such as roses and lilies.
Glycerin Drying: This method involves preserving the flowers by injecting them with glycerin. The flowers will retain their shape and color, but will become stiff. This method is often used for expensive flowers like orchids.
Ultimately, the best technique for drying flowers will depend on the type of flower, the desired end result, and personal preference. Hairspay always does the trick for holding delicate stems once upright! We personally use method 1. Air Drying with 90% of our in house dried stems.