A classic and traditional symbol of love and romance, roses can conjure up images of special moments, occasions and people instantly. And how can we forget, fresh arrangement of red flowers gifted to someone on Valentine’s Day is how since times immemorial mankind is showing its message of intense desire and love. So, if you are someone who wouldn’t want to part with their red roses, then we suggest you dry them up. Even though the fresh red flowers would eventually die, here we have for you top 5 ways by which you preserve red roses this Valentine’s day and etch them in your memories for a lifetime.
1. Air drying red roses
As soon as the red flowers are beginning to open up, get rid off blemished and stained petals, as they do not tend to preserve well. Get hold of all the fresh roses and tie them with an elastic rubber band from the stems securely. Now, hang the roses in a normal room temperature area, preferably that is dry and well-ventilated and has plenty of sunlight coming in. Check up on the roses on daily basis and do away with worn-out pieces. Let the sun dry them out in two weeks or more. If the leaf or stem of the stem is not folding anymore and crumbles in your hands, this is an indication that the flowers are ready for preservation.
2. Sand drying red roses
Take a box, fill it with any solid-particle-free sand and place the roses in them. Make sure you are cutting off the stems before preserving them in the sand box. Now, leave the box in a cool and dry area and let it sit in there for approximately 15-18 days. Post that, your flower is ready to be stored in a plastic bag, a keepsake for the rest of your lives.
3. Using desiccant to dry red roses
Start by removing all the leaves from the rose stem. Now, take a long and deep container and start by filling it up with 1 inch of desiccant mixture in the next layer. This mixture could be anything, finely blended cornmeal or borax mixture or silica gel. Place your rose petals on the mixture and make sure they are not touching each other. Continue filling the top of the container with the same desiccant mixture and seal the container with a tight lid. Keep a periodic check on the petal and the time you think they feel papery and dry, they are ready to preserve. This process might take anything between 12-15 days.
4. Using microwave to dry red roses
Want a method, which is rather quick and safe ensuring long-lasting preservation? Go ahead and use a microwave. Take a deep bowl, pour a handful of rose petals in them and cover them in water fully. Make sure that roses are completely immersed in water. Microwave the roses on high heat for 3-4 minutes. Now remove the roses from the bowl and pat dry them using a dry cotton cloth. Keep them under the sun overnight and your dry roses would be ready for preservation.
5. Using melter paraffin to dry roses
If you are someone who would want to retain the colour and freshness of the flowers while preserving them, then coating roses in paraffin should be your method of choice. A preferred way to showcase bouquet arrangements that would last for a week or two, all you have to do it spray paraffin over them and you could relish vibrant and fresh-looking flowers.
Red roses are indeed a testimony to special occasions, and we are certain these 5 ways would keep them alive in your memory now, today and forever!