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Sunday, December 2, 2007

Guide to Preserving Flowers

Admit it or not but, receiving a well-arranged bouquet or even those that have been freshly- picked from the garden by your special someone, will always be significant. It will unmistakably brighten up your facade as you gaze at one of Mother Nature's beautiful offspring. You cannot put into words that you feel like you are the loveliest person in the whole world. It may sound as an exaggeration but undeniably true. Recall the moment when you were given one, did you immediately place it in the trash bin or did you do some flower preservation?

Speaking of flower preservation, there are actually five basic processes namely, glycerine, desiccants, air drying, pressing and microwave. Some words sound familiar but it is not what you might think it is. Some processes may involve what they literally mean.

Glycerine is more fitting for foliage such as Hydrangea and Molucella. When applied to Garrya Elliptica, it will turn almost black. Glycerine is also very successful for grasses like Gypsophila and Alchemilla. As for the conifers, it will produce a stunning result. For evergreens, glycerine can be applied anytime as long as they are warmly stored.

This preservation can be achieved using a solution prepared by combining two parts of hot water with one part of glycerine and stirring the mixture thoroughly. Allow it to cool first before applying. Do not be surprised if the solution turns brown after it has been applied because it is normal. Remove the leaves that have been damaged. Cut the stems at a certain angle. The woody stems should be split to about an inch. Soak it for hours in tap before it is transferred to the container with the mixture.

Microwave is a procedure of flower preservation which involves electricity. Weird as it may sound but fauna can be placed inside the oven similar to when heating your favorite meal. That appliance in the kitchen is not just convenient when it comes to the matters of your belly but also with keeping plants alive-looking. Microwaving starts with the lowest setting and relatively short time. You might wonder with the result because the process produces varied colors.

Never forget to use a non- metallic container and never try the microwave for exotic flowers. There is actually no exemption as to the use of microwave, but those with thick leaves should be avoided since they contain too much liquid to dry. This flower preservation is highly recommended in tight budget situations. Check for more guidelines available in libraries.


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1 comment:

theysaywordscanbleed said...

A handy trick that I learned through my florist is mixing soda, bleach and water to the vase of the flowers. He said its meant to keep the flowers last longer.

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