Drying Roses

Drying roses can be a good way to help preserve the beauty of the flowers. Find out about how to do it!

Why drying….

Usually a rose in a bouquet or arrangement will fade and dry within a few days, even with watering and care. If its a sentimental time or occasion, you may want to keep that flower as a keepsake. Proper preparation can make it happen.

How to dry….

Air Dry

The simplest and most cost effective way is just to use the good old-fashioned air dry method. This works great if you have a dark and dry spot. Simply hang your flowers upside down and allow about a week. Make sure that the bud is open to allow full drying. Gravity will help the petals keep their shape and allow moisture to drop off. Keeping the blooms out of light will help preserve the color. You can use a hair spray or clear acrylic spray once dried to help protect them and give them a little bit of a moist look. The problem with this method is that it will tend to shrink the blossoms, so its best for a large bloomer, like your hybrid teas.

Petals can also be dried separately. Simply cut them off from your plant and spread on a paper surface, again in a dark and dry spot. They should dry nicely in about 1-2 weeks.


Cut your rose blooms off but leave about an inch or two of stem. Put a wire up through the stem to help support the rose and keep its shape. Get a jar or bin large enough to hold the flowers and fill with light-colored sand while standing up the wire-supported cuttings. Gently cover the petals and buds. Allow 1-3 weeks to dry. Gently remove the dried specimens from the sand.

The Book

This method has been in place for years. Just take your rose and place it in the middle of a heavy book. I recommend using wax paper or another coating to protect the paper as it will get stained.

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