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How to dry flowers

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Which flowers to choose

Not all floral species are suitable to be dried and transformed into compositions and centerpieces. When you decide to get some, it is therefore better to choose between daisies, lavender, roses, hydrangeas, mimosa, violets, thistles, ornamental garlic, hydrangeas and rushes. The important thing is not to choose succulents, or other species that are very beautiful, but contain a lot of water, such as tulips or orchids: the water contained within them makes the drying process very difficult. Indeed, they often rot (just because they have a lot of water) before drying.

A tip: also get sprigs full of leaves or berries, which will serve to embellish and make your compositions of dried flowers unique. For this purpose, ivy sprigs, spikes, aromatic plants, oak leaves and other trees with large leaves are very suitable (do not choose evergreen sprigs, such as firs). In order to create more complex compositions, we also recommend the use of moss, which however contains a lot of humidity, and whose drying process is rather slow. The addition of pine cones, acorns or other berries will make any composition you wish to prepare even more beautiful.


Collection

Once you have chosen the species that we want to dry to create our compositions, it is necessary to proceed with the collection. Again, there are some rules to follow, so that the operation leads to a final success. First of all, the collection should not be done after a rain or a thunderstorm: the flowers we will take will be damp and full of water, which will make the drying process more difficult, and which could even cause them to rot. So choose nice warm days after a period when it has not rained. The ideal for this type of operation is late spring: the flowers available are many and of many varieties, and the temperature is suitable for harvesting. Go to collect the flowers preferably in the hottest hours of the afternoon, when the humidity contained within the flowers is at a minimum. These are also the hours when the flowers are at their maximum bloom, and the corollas are open: you can thus ascertain without any problem the presence of any lesions or dark spots. It is in fact of fundamental importance to pay attention to the conditions in which the flowers we want to collect are present: do not take specimens that have lesions or spots, which could be symptoms of attacks by fungi or other pathologies. In the event that one of these is in fact affected by some fungus, it would also transmit it to the others. For harvesting, use scissors (preferably gardening): take care to cut the stems at the bottom, leaving them long. This will facilitate the subsequent drying operation.

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