Flowers are essentially the most beautiful and magical creation of Mother Nature. They play a
huge part in our life, appearing in almost all of our every milestone. Flowers help us convey our
emotions, with their beauty, colours, and appearance to congratulate a newly wedded friend, a
grieving friends and to show our feelings to that special someone. With the many benefits,
flowers can contribute, there is one major drawback with flowers, their short lifespan, and
constant maintenance could be considered a burden. However, with every cloud, there is a
silver lining. There are ways to extend the lifespan of these beautiful flowers such as drying and
preservation. To the general public who are not educated in flowers, the terms drying and
preservation may seem unusual to them, but fret not as here I will be explaining what they
What are Dried flowers? Why would people dry flowers? The idea of drying out your flowers
for aesthetics and decorative purposes seems ludicrous as though the flowers are left out there
to wither and die. Well, actually that is half true, up until the part where they wither and die.
There are many florists in Singapore that are selling dried flowers, you could buy it from them or
you could try it for yourself, who says you have to be a florist to do this! So how do you actually
dry your flowers and not have them appear disastrous?
There are three ways to go about it, hanging them upside down, using silica gel or using a
microwave. The methods you use depends upon the types of flowers you want to dry and how
you want to display them.
1. First, start with flowers that are as dry as possible as they will contain very little moisture. this technique is used best for drying lavender and hydrangeas.
Make small bundles of three or four stamps and use a rubber band to fasten them together and hang them upside down in a dry and warm area. Many types of plants will dry beautifully when hanging upside down in a warm place for a couple of weeks.
2. If you feel that it’s important to retain the flowers in color and form, you should dry them in silica gel. Silica gel is a very fine sand-like material that absorbs moisture and supports the flower as it is drying. This is especially important for three-dimensional flowers, like roses. This whole process will take about 2-4 days of drying.
3. For even faster drying, the microwave can be used. Pour your silica gel into a container and placed the flowers faced up into the gel.
Afterward, pour more silica gel and make sure the flowers are completely covered. Although microwave is by far the fastest method, it is a double-edged sword as the temperature for each flower are different.
That is all for the drying process! Carry on with the next article to find out more about the