Ideal roses for drying are slightly immature buds or roses at their prime. Since drying won't improve the rose's shape, always select perfectly formed roses for drying, free of defects. While roses that have begun to wilt may be suitable for potpourri, remove the wilted petals prior to drying. If you aren't ready to use your dried roses after they have finished drying, preserve the flowers so will be ready for your project. Exposure to dust and the elements instigates the deterioration of your dried roses.
Things You'll Need
- Airtight container
- Aerosol hairspray or clear lacquer spray
Separate your dried roses from other dried flowers or foliage. When storing your flowers, keep the roses separate from other flower types.
Place the dried roses in an opaque, airtight container.
Store the container in a cool, dark, dry location.
Spray the dried rose with an even coating of hair spray or a clear lacquer spray to help preserve the rose before using in your projects. Suitable clear lacquer spay is available at the craft store.
Tips & Warnings
- Skip Step 4 if you intend to use your dried roses in a potpourri.
- "How to Dry Foods"; Deanna DeLong; 2006
- "Gardener's Craft Companion"; Sandra Salamony, Maryellen Driscoll; 2002
- Michigan State University Extension: The Garden Corner
- Photo Credit Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images
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