Dried Red Roses
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The gift of fresh-cut roses, or those which have been used in special bouquets or flower arrangements, can have immense sentimental value. Symbolic of love and caring, it is understandable that many want to preserve these flowers as treasured keepsakes. Fortunately, there are many ways in which to dry roses so that they will be treasured for years to come. 

How Do I Dry Roses?

When it comes to learning how to dry roses, there are several options. First, crafters will need to gather the flowers. If the roses have been used in a larger bouquet or vase, they should be removed. Next, all foliage will need to be stripped from the stem to prepare it for drying. The rose drying process should begin well before the flower has started to wilt, as fresh blooms will yield the best dried roses. The same general guidelines will also apply to roses that have been picked from the garden. 

It will be important to consider exactly how to dry the roses. While dried roses created by pressing are often cherished, their flat shape may not be ideal. This technique may be more useful for flowers that are smaller or have a low petal count. Other techniques put more emphasis on maintaining the true shape of the roses. 

While it is tempting to dry roses fast, the best results occur with patience. Most commonly, the flower stems are bundled into small groups and tied with a string or rubber band. Next, the stems are allowed to hang upside down in a dry, dark place for several weeks. Doing so will ensure that the color of the dried roses is fully preserved and will help to prevent molding. 

Other rose drying techniques include the use of desiccants. These substances, such as silica gel, are used to dry roses fast. Unlike air drying, the entire stem will need to be removed from the flower. This technique is also more costly, as it requires each flower to be completely covered by the desiccant. When using this technique always make certain to read the manufacturer's label carefully in order to ensure safe use. Regardless of the rose drying technique chosen, dried roses are sure to serve as a truly valuable memento. 

Tonya Barnett

Tonya Barnett has been gardening for 13 years. Flowers are her passion. She has trasformed her backyard into a cut flower garden, which she regularly chronicles on her YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/@tonyawiththeflowers.