(ARA) - In addition to their romantic role as a traditional
Valentine’s Day token of affection, roses are a classic symbol of
love and beauty. Red roses, the official flower of love, and the
most popular flower exchanged on Valentine’s Day, is
representative of romantic love. However, roses in other colors,
which bear less romantic meanings, such as yellow, pink, peach
and white, are becoming increasingly popular each year.
No matter what color roses you receive this Valentine’s Day, the
floral experts at 1-800-Flowers.com offer the following tips for
drying your flowers and making the love last long past the
The easiest method is air-drying. Roses can be dried
individually or in small bunches. Remove leaves from stems and
make sure that they are bunched loosely and that there is
enough air circulating throughout the bunch. Hang the rose
bunches upside down in a dark, dry, warm room. When the
stems are dry and rigid (which should take about one to two
weeks), the flowers are ready to be stored or used.
Another method to dry your roses is to press them. Weight
pressing is a simple way to preserve individual or small
bunches of roses. Simply place roses (whole buds or just the
petals) between the pages of a heavy book. You may want to
line the pages with wax paper to protect the book. Close the
book and place something heavy on top. After two or three
weeks, the flowers will be ready to be stored or used.
Once your roses are dried, they can be used in a myriad of
ways. Whether you simply use the petals as potpourri, or you
use the full blooms to create an elegant arrangement, your
Valentine's Day roses will last for the remainder of the year. For
an elegant look, place your roses, along with some floral
accents, between two panes of clear glass and frame them.
Flowers such as statice, strawflowers, larkspur, delphinium,
safflower, baby's breath and mimosa are also ideal for drying
and will make beautiful accents to your dried roses.
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