Wednesday, January 18, 2012

How to Dry Flowers & Herbs


Things You'll Need
Plastic container or bucket Silica gel packets
Paper bag
Rope or twisty ties

1. Pick flowers that have full petals and vibrant colors, such as blue and red, for the best results when dried. Roses and lilies tend to be very full and colorful. Wait until a warm sunny day to pick flowers from your garden. If you pick them the day after rain, they will still be fairly moist and harder to dry.
2. Clip the stems of the flowers to your desired length.
3. Place the flowers, petals first, into a large, shallow plastic container or bucket filled with between five to 10 silica gel packets (desiccants). These are the same packs that you find in shoe boxes to absorb moisture. Add as many flowers as will fit comfortably without crushing one another.
4. Cover the container and allow the flowers to sit for a week.
5. Hang the flowers upside down by their stems in a warm, dry area of your home, or outside as an alternative. Allow them to dry like this for at least two weeks.
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