Drying orchids is a challenging task as these flowers are considered difficult to be preserved. Dried orchids can be used for different purposes such as the dried orchids can be used in vases and baskets and sometimes in shadow boxes. Here are some instructions about drying orchid flowers for the people who are orchid lovers and want to preserve them for a long time.
Selection of Flowers
The first step is to select the flowers for drying purpose. Always select those flowers having bright colors because most of the orchid flowers loose their color after drying. The selection of the flowers depends on the way the flowers would be used for.
Cutting the Flowers
Flowers should be cut very carefully from the stems and near to the base of flowers.
Putting Silica Gel
The next step is to put silica gel in the bottom of a microwave-safe dish making a layer of almost two inches thick.
Placing the Flowers in Silica Gel
Now place the flowers stem down in a dish. It should be kept in mind that distance among the flowers should be far enough so that they can’t touch each other.
Covering the Orchids
In this step, orchids are covered with silica gel. You should perform this step carefully otherwise the blossoms would be crushed. Each orchid should be covered completely.
Putting the Dish in Microwave
Now the dish containing gel and flowers is put in the center of microwave after putting a cup of water in back of microwave.
Setting the Time
Time of microwave should be set very carefully as it depends on the type of microwave and nature of orchid flowers. The standard time recommended is 2 to 3 minutes.
Cooling the Silica Gel
Now take the dish out of microwave and wait until the gel becomes cool.
After cooling the gel, your dried orchids are ready to be removed from the gel. After removing don’t forget to brush them off.
I hope that the above instructions will proved to be very useful and help you a lot to preserve your favorite orchid flowers for a long time.