The Q&A Archives: Preserving a Bouquet of Roses

Question: How can I dry out or preserve a bouquet of roses?

Answer: Roses can simply be air dried by placing them in one layer flat on a screen in a dark, dry and airy place. They can be dried in a flower press (or a large phonebook) but large or heavily petaled blooms may mold using this method. They can also be dried in silica which can be purchased at craft shops selling floral supplies. I would suggest the silica because the flowers retain their color and texture better.

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