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Dry flowers

Being able to dry the flowers in the correct way, can be very useful both if you want to use it to make a herbarium for scientific purposes, or if you want to prepare creative compositions to decorate your home. This is not a particularly difficult technique, but it is important not to skip the steps, even if they may take some time, to avoid the formation of mold or the proliferation of parasites that would make all the work done to dry the different varieties of flower vain. Let's see what are the various stages of this process.


The choice and collection of flowers

The seasons that best lend themselves to harvesting for drying are spring and summer for obvious reasons. In this period, in fact, the variety of species that you will have at your disposal will be much wider and you will be spoiled for choice. Even though harvesting seems to be the simplest phase, it will be necessary to follow the correct procedure to preserve the different types of flower in the best way for the subsequent phases. If you want to prepare a herbarium you will have to collect the plant as completely as possible, in fact your purpose will not be purely aesthetic but must allow identification of the species by providing information on as many characters as possible. A small spade, gardening gloves and plastic bags may be useful for arranging the collected material. To ensure that the most delicate varieties do not spoil, after putting them in a sufficiently large bag, blow them inside to create a protective air chamber and close with an elastic band. In this way you will avoid breaking the most delicate structures of the flower. If you want to collect flower varieties that will be housed in the pots of the house during the bad season, maybe roses, hydrangeas or in any case varieties with a wooden stem, you must also have scissors or a florist's knife with you to cut the branches without crushing them.

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