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How to preserve a rose

Updated on July 20, 2014

Want to preserve your roses so you can have them forever?

How to save roses is an important question, because a rose isn't always just a rose. It is often connected with important memories.

Did you receive a rose or bouquet with roses for your birthday? Perhaps you have the happy occasion of a wedding and need to preserve your wedding bouquet? Or perhaps you have lots of roses in your garden? Here you will find a number of ways to preserve your flowers so that they last forever.

Much depends on the state of the bloom - has its petals fallen off? Has it turned brown? Is it looking a bit limp? There are different ways to preserve flowers depending on whether they are very fresh or beginning to go limp. Please read carefully below about how to preserve a rose or other flowers in different states of freshness.

save a rose
save a rose

Let's begin with - how to keep your bouquet looking fresh longer

Perk up your tired bouquet!

If your flowers arrive looking a little tired, or start to look limp too soon, you can revive them with this method:

Prepare fresh water in a clean vase. Add cool water and even better, a splash of Sprite.

Prepare a pot of boiling water, and once boiling, stick the very end of the stems in the boiling water for about 30 seconds.

Then cut the end of the stems off and put the roses in the vase with clean water that you have waiting for them. You will be amazed at the improvement.

1. Saving your flowers forever as beads in a necklace - Learn how to make beads from flower petals

Making beads from rose petals is not quick, but it isn't difficult. If you visit rosebead.com, you will find instructions for making your roses into beautiful beads that will last forever, and you won't have to dust them!

The traditional method for making rose beads yields rich dark burgundy or velvety black beads, and they can be mixed with other kinds of beads to make a lovely necklace that will keep your flowers forever.

Bouquets can be saved as beads forever

Bouquets can be saved as beads forever
Bouquets can be saved as beads forever

2. Use glycerin to preserve the fresh feeling of the living flower

It's easy with glycerin

What is positive aspects about using glycerin to preserve flowers?

Your flower will not dry out, and it will keep its graceful and lively form. That is because the glycerin replaces the water in the plant, and the plant never "dries." The leaves and blooms will keep their texture and not get all wrinkled. The final feel is a bit rubbery, but it will be flexible.

What are the drawbacks of using glycerin to preserve flowers?

While glycerine keeps the supple texture of the leaves and flowers, the color will fade with time. That is why people who use glycerin to preserve their flowers often add food coloring or other dyes.

Another drawback is that glycerin is expensive, and it takes anywhere from two - six weeks.

Glycerine for flower preservation

NOW Solutions Glycerine Vegetable, 16-Ounce
NOW Solutions Glycerine Vegetable, 16-Ounce

One pint (16 oz) for a smaller bouquet

 
Glycerin Vegetable Kosher USP - 1 Quart (43 oz.)
Glycerin Vegetable Kosher USP - 1 Quart (43 oz.)

One quart (24 oz) if you have a lot of flowers.

 

3. Freeze Dry your Roses! - A bit expensive, but lovely

freeze dried rose bouquet
freeze dried rose bouquet

Freeze drying flowers is complicated, and can be expensive. But the result is lovely.

If I wanted to freeze dry some flowers i would look online or ask my local florist, who may work with a freeze drying company and know which one is good. Freeze drying takes the moisture out of the petals, and the result is lovely. Freeze dried flowers keep their scent, so that is an added bonus.

To preserve or not to preserve?

Do you like to preserve things? Does an old rose hold the charm of the fresh one? What if your house ends up full of dusty old preserved flowers... or does having that rose bring back memories of a wonderful day and that is what matters. Take your side and tell us more!

Do you like to keep roses and other flowers from your special day?

Yes! I wouldn't dream of otherwise.

Yes! I wouldn't dream of otherwise.

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    • annayjo 4 years ago

      Of course!

    • Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: I agree completely!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I used to may pictures with dried flower arrangements but didn't know about the glycerine and haven't tried freeze drying. I love fresh flowers but its nice to enjoy them longer too. Flowers could never be clutter for me!

    No - I can't cope with clutter.

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      4. Air drying flowers - The simplest method

      preserving roses
      preserving roses

      You can tie flowers into small bundles and hang them from the ceiling, where the air is warmest. Make sure they are out of the direct sun, and in a well ventilated place. You should take the leaves off before you hang them, because the leaves keep the flowers from drying slowly, and you risk mildew otherwise. Make sure you keep the heads separated if the flower has thick, moist petals.

      Air drying flowers takes a week to several months depending on the flower you are drying. Air dried flowers will be brittle, so you will have to handle them carefully.

      5. Pressing flowers the new way! - Using the microwave to press flowers!

      You may have seen pressed flowers before. We had some ferns in a shadowbox frame hanging on the wall when I was a child which I was fascinated with. They looked so ancient and elegant. Of course, if you press flowers, they become flat. This is a good method for less "meaty" flowers, and ones that are already mostly flat, like pansies.

      The old way of pressing flowers used newspapers or an old telephone book, which have more absorbent paper. If you want to do it the old fashioned method, put the flowers on the paper so that they do not overlap. You can add layers of flowers and finally put a board or heavy piece of cardboard on top. On top of that, put something VERY heavy, like a pile of coffee-table books or a rock!

      The pressing time will be 2-4 weeks, depending on the moisture in the flower.

      BUT! I think using a microwave to dry flowers is a great idea. Watch this video to see how it is done.

      Kit for microwave preservation

      Microfleur 9" (23 cm) Microwave Max Flower Press
      Microfleur 9" (23 cm) Microwave Max Flower Press

      You can use this microwave flower press to press your flowers very quickly. I think you will be very surprised at the results. I was!

       

      6. You can use sand to preserve flowers too

      Any way that pulls the water out of a flower so that it dries and doesn't rot is a good way to preserve flowers. You may not have the money in your budget to freeze dry your flowers, but there are other good ways like this one.

      This video shows you how to use sand to dry flowers.

      White Sand

      This is the white sand you can use to preserve your flowers.

      7. How to preserve flowers with silica gel - This works well for roses!

      This doesn't count as a cheap method, but silica gel can be used multiple times.

      Some of the silica gels contain blue crystals, to show how much moisture has been absorbed. They turn pink as they absorb the moisture from the flowers, and then you will know when to dry the gel in order to use it again. That is very convenient - so make sure you get a brand that has the blue crystals in it.

      You can bake the gel to get the moisture out, and use them again. If you preserve your rose in gel, you will have to put it in a container that is very tight, or else seal the top with tape so the humidity from the surrounding air doesn't leak in.

      Silica Gel

      This is what you will need if you want to use silica gel to preserve your flowers.

      keep a rose
      keep a rose

      A poem for you!

      Roses, by George Eliot

      You love the roses - so do I. I wish

      The sky would rain down roses, as they rain

      From off the shaken bush. Why will it not?

      Then all the valley would be pink and white

      And soft to tread on. They would fall as light

      As feathers, smelling sweet; and it would be

      Like sleeping and like waking, all at once!

      Which method for preserving roses do you like best? - Don't leave yet! Let me know you stopped by!

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          Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

          Unfortunately, I don't garden. But thanks for sharing this interesting lens!

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          Cynthia Haltom 3 years ago from Diamondhead

          You certainly have some good ways to preserve roses. I used to keep them as long as I could. This lens has given me other options to preserve them.

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          LeenaBK LM 4 years ago

          Hi. Thanks for sharing. I love roses and I have a few rose bushes in my balcony garden. Maybe I could save some of them with your tips now.

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          Ben Reed 4 years ago

          I enjoyed my visit. Learnt something new also - thank you.

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          hntrssthmpsn 4 years ago

          We made rose beads for the first time last summer, and the results were truly lovely. Such pretty little beads, and they still smell of roses. I remember pressing flowers and leaves as a kid, and doing so in the microwave looks like a fantastic alternative!

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          FashionMommy 4 years ago

          wow! nice lens. Thank you for sharing.

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          Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

          @anonymous: Isn't it amazing? I had no idea, but I thought it would be useful for people wanting to save their flowers for Valentine's Day. Microwaving is amazing.

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          Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

          @anonymous: Tipi - you are a sweetheart. Thank you!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Also retruning to FB like.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I've used the air drying and pressing method and had heard of using silica but never made the investment. I didn't know so many methods existed and the microwave, sand and glycerin methods were completely new to me, what a treasury of information for preserving flowers! :)

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          Maribel Forayo 4 years ago from Philippines

          with silica. it's my first time to know about it. thanks

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          BuckHawkcenter 4 years ago

          What great information. I had never known how to preserve roses and now I can save those beautiful blooms.

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          fast-furious-cars 4 years ago

          Great lens at perfect timing ... love it

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