Roses are the most popular Valentine’s Day flower and a luxury symbol of love and romance the world over. According to the National Retail Foundation, 250 million roses will be purchased by more than a third of the population, and total Valentine’s Day spending (including flowers, jewelry, chocolates, dinner out, etc.) will top $18 billion. Rose blooms are stunning and fragrant, and to keep that expression of love close to your heart all year long, you can dry the petals.
When you first receive roses, make sure the vase is very clean and has preservative in it. Always remove floral leaves which would sit underwater. Try not to touch the rose blossoms while you cut each stem on an angle to permit water absorption. Replace water and preservation every other or third day, clipping the stems about an inch each time. Keep the roses away from drafts, heat or direct sunlight. Spraying with water once a day is beneficial.
To preserve some rose petals for potpourri, confetti, romance, sachets, drink or food garnish (yes they’re edible) or simply to extend the love by having them, follow these simple steps.
Snip off petals or gently pull them from the flower at the base.
Place them on a screen in one layer separated from one another.
Let them dry away from the sun in a dry place with good air circulation.
Turn them over a couple times a day for 3 to 5 days.
When crispy to the touch, like corn flakes, store petals in airtight containers.
An alternative drying method is the using the microwave.
Spread petals not touching between double layers of paper towels with a plate on the bottom and upside down plate on top.
Store in airtight containers like glass jars.
You can also press some in a book between waxed paper sheets or use a dehydrator. The key is that they are dry because any moisture will cause mold. Enjoy the roses. Write and mail a thank you note. Keep some petals. Embrace the love. Happy Valentine’s Day from everyone at bloomstoday.com! We love you, too.
By Joanne M. Anderson
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