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Dry flowers drying techniques

Dry flowers drying techniques

There are various drying techniques, some of which are more suitable for certain types of plants / flowers.
In relation to the type of flower, in fact the techniques for obtaining dried flowers vary between them; for some varieties it is possible to proceed by arranging bunches to hang upside down in an airy and sheltered environment, away from the sun's rays to prevent the colors of dried flowers from losing their intensity. This type of technique is recommended for spring herbs, for dried flowers like roses, just to name a few.
For other types, however, it is advisable to resort to the help of drying products, such as sand, especially for varieties with open petals, such as dahlias or peonies.
It is good to remember that the most fragile varieties are hung upside down, while the ears can be placed on a plane and the larger flowers instead must remain straight.

The roses

As mentioned in the previous paragraph, to obtain splendid dry roses it may be sufficient to resort to the most ancient techniques, the most appropriate modality is in fact air drying. You simply have to worry about placing the flowers in a dry and airy environment, away from heat and light. Roses should be gathered in bunches and hung upside down, so as to keep the bud shape in the best possible way.

Techniques for dried flowers

For varieties such as lavender and moss it is better to use drying on a surface, which can be cardboard, newspaper, or using a wooden board. The vegetables must be arranged in such a way as to allow the air to circulate freely between them, avoiding useless piles. To speed up the drying of the mosses, it may be useful to form the floor, on which they will be placed, with more sheets of newsprint.
Pine cones are generally quite dry when they fall from the plant; however, they may have absorbed moisture once they have fallen to the ground, so placing them on a level helps eliminate any remaining moisture spots.

Dry flowers drying techniques: Drying in a vertical position

This technique is recommended for mimosa, heather and gypsophila. These vegetables must be placed in a jar with water, spaced far enough from each other; in this way, the stems will gradually absorb the water avoiding the leaf crumpling and fading of the colors, which often occurs following dehydration. The vertical position is also indicated for maritime lavender and marsh rush; unlike what was said above, these plant species do not require water for drying; dehydration is indeed spontaneous.
If the vegetables to be dried have a heavy or large top part (for example consisting of buds, berries, etc.) it is necessary to use a grid that allows the stem or stem to be inserted into the holes, so that the fruit flower remains in the upper part of the grid, resting and not falling, so that it remains well straight. This technique is useful for corn on the cob, thistles, artichokes, ...
If drying products are used, the process will take a few days to be completed.