The rose is one of the most popular flowers to give as gifts around the world, especially in Europe and America, where the rose is a symbol of love. In fact, there is a tradition of Catalan origin of giving roses and books on April 23rd for the day of Sant Jordi or Saint Georgea custom that is spreading more and more to other parts of Spain.
If you want the memory of this gift to last much longer, drying the received rose can be a great option. But you know how to dry a rose? Join us in this EcologíaVerde article to learn the different methods to dry a rose easily and thus preserve it.
How to dry a rose in a book
This is one of the most common methods for drying both roses and all kinds of flowers and plants. Its popularity lies in its simplicity, and although it has some drawbacks such as loss of volume, it also offers the charm of being a traditional method with a long history.
For this one rose drying method you just need your flowers and a book or some other similar object, large, flat and with considerable weight, which will make the necessary press. The ideal is usually to use old encyclopedias or dictionaries, the kind that we no longer use at home in favor of their digital versions. If possible, use large books that you don’t mind too much staining or damaging, as the moisture released by the flowers could damage their pages. You can place paper or fabric between the flower and the pages to reduce this effect.
Also keep in mind that this method is quite time consuming, so you will have to be prepared to wait a while before you get your dried flowers. Follow these steps to dry a rose on a book:
- Open the book about the center and place the flowers on one of the pages, trying to make them as centered as possible.
- Once well placed, just close the book carefullyensuring that the crushed roses remain fixed and without coming out.
- Since it is important that the weight is large, you can add more objects that make weight about the book.
- Depending on the conditions of the rose and those of your home, in 15 or maximum 30 days your rose will be completely dried.
- If you want speed up the process where possible, you can use special sheets of pressing paper tucked inside the book on each side of the flower, and change the sheets of paper or pages about every week so that moisture does not accumulate.
How to dry a rose in the microwave
The use of the microwave is fastest methods to dry roses and flowers in general. Just follow these steps:
- Put a layer of Silica gel or silica gel, an easily available desiccant, on a microwavable tray or container.
- Place the flower on the desiccant and put the tray in the microwave.
- Schedule it for a few 3 minutes at minimum power.
- Behind this, let the rose cool for a few hours.
- Remove it very carefully for later hang it up and air it out again for 48 to 72 hours. After this, you will have your dry rose.
How to oven dry roses
This other way of drying roses is a variation much like the microwave, but instead you use an oven and don’t need silica gel. Instead, the material you’ll need is some sort of pastry stand that, preferably, allows you to keep your roses in vertical position Inside the oven.
- Place your flowers on the supports, verticallyand turn on the oven at a low temperature, always below the 40ºC.
- It will suffice to keep them like this for approximately 3 hoursand after that they will be ready.
- However, keep in mind that dried roses are extraordinarily delicate and you could inadvertently damage them. If you are not sure about being able to remove them without damaging them while they are still hot, let them cool in the oven itself turned off and with the door of this already open. Leave them for several hours before handling them in any way.
- After that time, you can apply lacquer to help them stay better.
How to dry a rose upside down
Another of the most common methods is to simply hang the roses upside down to dry, letting the water evaporate naturally. To do this, follow these steps:
- Get roses with some 15 cm of stem and tie them in groups of no more than 3 or 4 with thread, string or rubber bands, by the base of the stem.
- Make sure the tie is tight and the flowers are not in danger of falling off.
- Find a room in the house that won’t be entered too often, such as a pantry, attic, laundry room, or even a closet. The most important thing is that it is a dark place to prevent the color of the roses from altering too much during the process. Also try to be a cool, dry and ventilated place.
- Hang your bouquet of roses from a hanger or directly from a thread.
- Wait between 15 and 20 days to dry completely.
- Finally, this is also a method to dry a rose with lacquersince once the drying process is complete, it is recommended to apply hairspray to them, at a certain distance, so that they retain their shape for much longer, always without exceeding the amount and ensuring that it reaches all parts of the flower .
Now that you have discovered how to dry a rose with various methods, we recommend reading these other articles on the Parts of a Rose: Names and Functions and How to Care for a Potted Rose Bush, to learn more about these amazing flowering plants.
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