Courtesy of The New York Botanical Garden

Fragile Blooms

The air drying process often shrivels large and fragile blooms beyond recognition. Roses, peonies, dahlias, sunflowers, lilacs, zinnias, hyacinths, and daffodils fare much better when dried with a desiccant (a drying agent).

Silica gel is the one of the easiest and most reliable desiccants to use. It is actually not a gel and looks like white sand with blue crystals. Once the gel has reached its saturation point, the crystals turn pink.

Shown here: daffodil (Narcissus)

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