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HOW TO DRY FRESH CUT FLOWERS

You can enjoy the freshness of a flower garden throughout the

year by cutting and drying your favorite flowers.  The two

easiest and least expensive methods are sand-drying and

air-drying.

Sand-drying can be used to dry a wide variety of flowers, such

as roses, tulips, dahlias, marigolds and snapdragons.  Flowers

which last only one day, like day lilies, do not dry well.  Do

not dry asters, azaleas, chrysanthemums, geraniums, petunias,

phlox, pinks, poppies or violets.  But feel free to do your own

experimentation.

To prepare for sand-drying, cut the flowers at the peak of their

show as any imperfections will be exaggerated by drying.  Pick

the flowers after the dew has fully evaporated.  Make sure the

stems are dry.

Prepare the flowers by reinforcing the stems and blossoms with

florist's wire or with white glue.  For daisy-type flowers and

flowering shrubs, push a 6" piece of wire through the stem and

right through the flower head; bend the end of the wire into a

hook over the flower head and then pull it down, thus securing

the head to the stem.

For flowers such as roses and tulips which are dried face-up,

cut off most of the stem except an inch or so and insert the

wire as above.

For many-petaled flowers, use glue instead of wire.  Diluting

the white glue with a drip of water and using a toothpick, dab a

thin coat of glue at the base of each petal, working the glue

into the base of each flower to attach each petal to the base.

Dry completely.

To dry the flowers, slowly cover them with white sand in deep,

open boxes.  Cup-shaped or rose-shaped flowers should be dried

face-up.  Make the sand deep enough to hold the flowers in an

upright position, position the flower carefully and slowly pour

the sand around the base of the flower, then around the sides

and under and over the petals.  Pour the sand evenly and slowly

in order to preserve the natural shape of the blossom.

Daisy-type flowers should be dried face down.  Make an even base

of sand in the box and make a little dip in the sand the same

shape as the flower.  Hold the flower steady and carefully build

up the sand around the blossom until it is fully covered.

Snapdragons, lilac, elongated flowers and flowering branches

should be positioned horizontally in the sand, flowering

branches face up.  Carefully pour the sand around and between

the flowers and into individual blooms.  A soft artists' brush

will help you in lifting the blossoms slightly as you pour the

sand so that they won't be flattened by its weight.

When all the flowers are completely covered with sand put the

drying box in your drying area and leave undisturbed for one to

three weeks.  Rapid drying in a very warm, dry and brightly-lit

place will produce bright blossoms; slower drying in a more

humid spot will produce more muted colors.

Removing the sand should be done very carefully, tipping the

container slightly, allowing the sand to flow slowly from one

corner of the box.  As each flower is released from the sand,

lift it gently out.

If you wish to store your dried flowers for later use, seal them

in airtight containers such as tins or plastic boxes sealed with

masking tape, or in sealed cardboard boxes enclosed in airtight

plastic bags.

Air-drying can be very successful with herbs, everlastings and

ornamental grasses.  Choose perfect plants with long stems,

removing the lower leaves.  Put the flowers in small bunches,

fastening them together with an elastic band;  then open each

bunch into a fan shape.  Hang the flowers head down from nails

in a dry, dark place for one to three weeks until they are

completely dry.  The colors will usually be muted.  Display your

flowers in the house or store them as above.

You may want to experiment with waxing fresh flowers.  This too

is simple; just melt some paraffin wax and plunge each

individual flower into the wax.  Remove and shake the excess wax

off each flower.  Put it into the refrigerator to set and harden.

Having dried, preserved flowers in your home year-round can

really brighten it up.  You may want to give dried flower

arrangements as Christmas gifts.  It is a wonderful, satisfying

hobby to preserve your own flowers.  You can also make lovely

cards by pressing your flowers and covering them with clear

mac-tac on a piece of construction paper.  It's easy to do and

looks lovely.
 

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