Roses are among the most beautiful and romantic flowers that can be received as gifts; however, like any other floral tribute, they have a short life and soon, in the space of just a few days, they wither and nothing remains but their memory.
To overcome this, and to keep the roses that have been given to us for years, it is possible to dry them. Dried roses, of course, will not have the same beauty as a freshly picked flower, but they still have a special charm due, probably, to the memory with which they are associated and which they can bring to mind.
The process that leads to drying these flowers may seem, at first glance, rather simple even if, in reality, it is not at all like that. Indeed, there are some rules that must be followed faithfully to ensure that the result we are going to achieve is as satisfying as possible.There are also several methods for drying roses and, therefore, it is good to choose carefully what allows better results.The most traditional method, and therefore the best known, is to hang the flowers holding them with the corollas facing downwards and to keep them in this position, in a dark, airy and dry environment, for the necessary time.Roses will gradually lose their hydration and with it the brilliance of the color of their petals which will therefore become darker. If, on the other hand, the dried roses are irradiated by sunlight, the petals will tend to fade. This, therefore, is the main reason why roses to be dried should be stored in a dark place.In order to be allowed to dry, the roses must be properly prepared; in fact, remove any leaves and thorns present and leave the stem clean.Another important trick to keep in mind is that the corolla of the rose is the part of the flower that contains more water; for this reason, therefore, keeping so many corollas nearby implies the creation of a greater quantity of humidity and, consequently, a longer time will be necessary for drying. It may also happen that during this time a process of rotting of the corollas begins, which begins to manifest with the formation of mold on the petals, which would compromise the success of the work and would force everything to be thrown away. Precisely for this reason roses should be tied in small groups and positioned at different heights, so that the petals of the various flowers are not in contact with each other. Since, by drying, the stems of the roses will tend to shrink and it is good, moreover, to tie them with elastic bands.A final piece of advice to keep in mind is to place the roses upside down by placing them up high near the ceiling, as this is, as a rule, the hottest area of the room.A second method
In addition to the traditional method seen previously, it is possible to dry roses with the aid of substances that accelerate the dehydration process such as, to cite an example, sand. If on the one hand this method allows the flowers to be kept longer, on the other hand it requires considerably longer times.
It consists of depositing sand inside a cardboard box at a height of about two centimeters, making sure to use it only if it is completely dry.
Next, lay the roses horizontally on the sand, arranging them so that they are not in contact with each other. Once this is done you must cover everything with other sand, pouring as much as you need to completely cover the flowers.
We must then leave the box so prepared for rest for the time necessary to complete the drying process which, in the case of sand, is around three weeks.
Once this period has passed, the roses must be freed from the sand, first removing the top layer of this material and extracting the flowers with extreme delicacy.
With the help of a brush, then, you have to remove all other sand from the roses, always acting with caution.
The main advantage of this method is that the roses dried in this way keep their original color almost unchanged, which will result, therefore, to be more alive than that of dried roses with the first method.
This method can also be used with other substances including borax and flour.
The methods previously illustrated are only two of the many possible and are those that provide the best results in drying roses. However, they can also be used for other types of flowers following, as appropriate, appropriate precautions.
In this way it will be possible to make a floral homage almost eternal, which for us has had a particular meaning and to which we have given considerable importance.
It is as if, by extending the life of the flowers that were given to us, we made the memory of that gesture even more indelible within us.
The roses thus preserved, therefore, turn out to be a pleasure for the eyes and the heart.