Question about air dried flowers.

chickadeezl(z6 PA)July 10, 2003

Hello everyone.I'm new to this forum.I am doing some air drying on various flowers this year for the first time.This is all new to me.I was wondering, after my flowers are dry, do I need to do anything else with them before using,like spraying them with some kind of sealer,etc.Any help is greatly appreciated.Thanks in advance.

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neil_allen(z5/6 Chi IL)

We sometimes spray our dried flowers very lightly with unscented hair spray. It doesn't change the looks, just helps them stand up to minor shocks. We usually don't do this until they're arranged in bouquets.

We've found that some flowers can take up humidity from the air for a long time after they seem "dry." Hollyhocks and Gomphrena globosa do this, especially if you leave the foliage on the gomphrena. We store those in closed plastic boxes with a little bit of silica gel in the bottom. After several months -- or after spending the winter in our unheated barn -- the problem pretty much goes away.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2003 at 8:55AM
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Hi Everyone,I am brand new to this site and need help on drying cockscomb. I live in Iowa and I came across them yesterday at a Amish vegetable market. They are so vibrant that I don't want to lose any of the color. Also how long can I keep them in water before they lose any color? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    Bookmark   October 1, 2005 at 4:16AM
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neil_allen(z5/6 Chi IL)

Coxcomb will keep in water for about a week. If you want to preserve them, hang them upside down. Someplace warm and dark, like an uninsulated attic, is best. Depending on the thickness of the stem, drying can take from one to two weeks.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2005 at 7:43AM
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Posie(z3 MN)

Again, Neil is right on! Your only real enemy is humidity.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2005 at 7:19PM
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