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Dafodils.... can I press

Posted by gardeningwithbaby zone 4 NE (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 12, 06 at 9:03

I was wondering if I could press and dry some of my daffs. I like the idea of a garden journal and would like to add some of my spring bulbs. The daffs this year are gorgeous and I was wondering if these are something that i could press and keep. TIA


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RE: Dafodils.... can I press

  • Posted by josh z8a (My Page) on
    Sat, Apr 15, 06 at 4:23

Stacie, Flowers with what I call "flat faces" like Pansies or Anemones press best. If you pressed your Daffodils, it would spoil their graceful trumpet shape.

Daffodils dry well and hold their color and shape when dried using silica gel. I'm attaching a link which explains the method. Costs about $10 but can be reused indefinitely for so many flowers. Or you can use sand/borax mixture or even cat litter.

They can be displayed in a flat tray or basket, or fill a tall glass cylinder with them.

For your journal, maybe photos of your Daffodils could be added? But you could press many other flowers/ferns for your journal. (And let your babies make a handprint with watercolor in your journal!) josh

Here is a link that might be useful: Preserving Flowers

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