How to Press Roses

I didn’t realize all the different technologies available for how to press roses.  It turns out that it can get pretty sophisticated!

Most people know the time-honored methods of putting flowers in books to press and dry them.  This is still the cheapest and simplest method.  All you need is a heavy volume or two to get going with this.  The downside is that it takes a couple weeks, and you should change the paper every couple of days.  Sometimes I put them in books and then forget about them for a while!  Just make sure to put a piece of blotting paper on both sides of the rose so no ink or residue gets on your petals.

You can also use an iron to press your flowers. Here's an interesting video on how to do that:

You can also buy or build a dedicated flower press.  There are wooden designs that are popular.  This is basically two long planks of wood with a screw nut on each side.  There are also more-high tech versions with specially designed porous material, that helps wick up the moisture.  These are more pricy, and tougher to make on your own.  You can layer the flowers between the blotting paper and cardboard, and this pile up quite a few flowers at a time.  The screws allow you to really press down on these.   Just remember to change out the paper every couple of days.

There is even a microwave oven press!  I’ll admit I was a little skeptical of this one when I first heard about it.  It turns out, it works more to steam out some of the moisture, before you go and put the flowers in a mechanical or book press.  So it’s really more of a dehydration methodology than anything.  Just be sure to use short bursts on low to test it out.  You might lose the first couple of specimens before you can get the right calibration.  You definitely don’t want to cook anything!  Some experts say that you can even try the book in the microwave for short bursts, but  I’m not that adventurous!

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