Preserving Roses

rockyrose(z6 PA)July 17, 2005

I am new to this forum; but, not to GW. Actually, I didn't even know about this forum until now when I looked to find where I could get some help to my question.

My father passed away this week and I would like to save/preserve a few of the roses from my funeral bouquet.

Does anyone have any suggestions in how is the best way to do this?

I have tried googling, and from what I read, silica gel would be the best way to go?????? Or, from your experience, do you have a better recommendation? I have never tried to preserve flowers before so any tips would be greatly appreciated!!

Also, if you have any suggestions for a product to use, can you also tell me where I might be able to find it?

As time isn't on my side, I'd appreciate any help in this.

Thank you!


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neil_allen(z5/6 Chi IL)

Sorry about your father and sorry that no one has responded earlier.

My actual experience is strictly with air-drying roses in a hot environment. This produces good results for many purposes, but there is usually a color shift and a lot of shrinkage. Silica gel would do more to preserve the color and size of your roses. You can find many descriptions of how to do it on the web.

An alternative is freeze-drying, but it is quite expensive and it's not easy to find someone set up to do it (it is definitely not a do-it-yourself-in-the-kitchen procedure). A little searching might turn up someone in your area who does this, though.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2005 at 3:59PM
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frangipaniaz(z9 Az)

I'm so sorry for your loss... I did the same thing when my grandfather died and then when my grandmother died, I then combined the flowers and made a wreath... but what I did to preserve was put them in kitty litter... I, ever so carefully, put kitty litter inside the roses (to maintain shape) and then I buried them... it maintains color and size... I've tried the silicon and wax before and it destroyed some of the flowers, of course I tried it on flowers I'm sure weren't meant for it, it was like it melted the flowers (my aunt and I decided to do it with daylilies, it was what we had at the time, and you should've seen the lump of flower and wax, yuck :) )... I'm sure this post is to late, and I hope that whatever you chose to do worked well... let us know how it went... this post, I guess, is for if you ever decide to preserve flowers again... I've done this technique with gladiolus, orchids, gerber daisies, roses, and many other flowers, it is my favorite method... keep us posted, and again, I'm so sorry for your loss.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2005 at 7:17PM
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