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Roses! Must Know Preservation Methods

December 7, 2016

 

Roses

Preservation

 

Various methods have been developed for preserving your roses, so that you may enjoy them for an extended time to come. The following three rose preservation methods are most commonly used, though the information is

                        RARELY COMPILED-UNTIL NOW!

 

Air-Drying

is the first method for long term preservation of roses.  Very few materials are needed, and you could improvise on the following supplies. Just gather some thin wire and paper clip, or similar object, and then designate a dark dry room for hanging. 

Remove the leaves

from the bottom portion of each rose stem, and bind several roses together with the wire. 

Adjust the binding

in a way which will prohibit the upper rose blossoms from touching one another. Taking time to prevent blossoms from touching will ensure that there is no discoloration, or misshapen product as the end result.  

Attach

the end of your binding wire to the paper clip (or similar apparatus),

then fasten

each assembled bouquet to a clothes hanger to air dry upside down for 5-10 days.

 

Moisture transfer technique 

is another rose preservation method and is completed with means of absorbent material.  A common material to complete this process is silica aerogel but, sand, cornmeal, and borax can also be used.  You will also need a sealable container for the 3-5 day duration process, but you may wish to store in it your remaining silica for the next preservation process.

Begin

by cutting the stem back to about one inch from the blossom itself. 

Next

the blossom will be placed atop the silica in an upright position,

and silica peppered over and in between petals assuring that the entire bloom is covered.

At last,

seal the box and allow 3-5 days for the preservation technique to take effect.

 

Coating

is the final proven method for preserving your roses for lasting pleasure and enjoyment.  This means of rose preservation dates back to more than a hundred years ago, and while the coating method will only preserve your rose a couple of weeks, it can be fun and will offer an extended floral life for potentially another special holiday or occasion.  Your supplies include paraffin, a working stovetop range and a small-sized pot, or appropriate warming vessel.  Just

warm

your paraffin, and

dip your roses

one at a time while using a twirling motion to coat the entire rose head.  These will

dry

in a matter of minutes and the process complete.

 

Preserving roses is one way to enjoy your bouquet for an extended length of time.  Oftentimes, a memory is also preserved and that euphoric feeling of love, excitement, honor, or gratification will present with each passing of the project.  Roses can be shared for the pleasure of others’ as well.  Consider making a lasting craft or project with your preserved roses, and impress those with even the most keen eye for an artful masterpiece!

 

Have YOU tried either of these three preservation techniques? 

 

Share YOUR experience or tips!

 

 

 

references:

www.gardenguides.com, Preserving your Roses, Mark Whitelaw

 

  Amanda R. Sutton

Florist

Delivery Specialist

    

 

 All Occasion Flower Delivery Service

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