Each A Plant, 15 March 2018
Flowers can be used in any and almost every occasions, like weddings, birthdays, anniversary, get well wishes and so on. However, one common fate of these flowers is that they will wither and subsequently be disposed off.
The next time when you wish to dispose of flowers you received for Valentines, you may wish to consider these 5 ways to recycle and give those flowers of yours a new life.
If the bouquet of flowers has special meaning to you, dry them to keep as a memento. Drying flowers is a great way to enjoy their benefits long after the freshness has faded away.
Simply gather the flowers in a bunch and secure the stems with a rubber band. Do note not to secure the rubber band too tight otherwise the stems may turn rot. Hang the bunch upside down in a well-ventilated place out of direct sunlight for two to three weeks.
Properly dried flowers do not just look aesthetically gorgeous as ornamental displays, it can be used to make your own soap, aromatherapy formulas or even potpourri.
Pressing is a particular style of drying flowers with can be turned into great materials for art and craft. You simply need a few blossoms of flowers and a heavy stack of old books.
Place the flowers in the book, lined with parchment paper. Close the book, weigh it down and leave it undisturbed for 7-10 days. You will want to check and make sure all the moisture is gone and your flowers are papery.
Otherwise, replace the parchment paper and repeat process. Properly pressed flowers can be used to make floral art on cards as an impressive embellishment.
Flower preservation is as early as the history of man. Drying and pressing are one of the early day's methods of preservation. However, deliberate flower preservation is a more recent phenomenon.
Silica gel drying is one such trending methods which can be done at the convenience of your homes. Silica gel dries flowers fast. It is generally white but some types contain blue crystals that act as moisture absorption indicator. When moisture is absorbed from the flowers, the crystals gradually turn pink. Simply, layer silica gel in the bottom of an air-tight container.
Trim the flower stems and insert the stems upright into the layer of silica gel and pour another layer of silica gel onto the flower petals to fully cover them.
Then store the sealed container aside for drying and the flowers can be removed after 2 -6 days; drying time varies with different types of flowers. Well-preserved flowers can make wonderful displays even on its own!
This is a beautiful way to unleash new life to your cut flowers, especially after a wedding or similar large event where you have more arrangements/bouquets than you can give away to family and friends.
Local communities such as nursing homes, homeless shelters and even some independent restaurant are always glad to receive donations of fresh flowers to improve the appearance of their facilities.
If you are able to make arrangement beforehand, they might even be able to drop by your place to pick up the flowers.
Thinking of the easiest way to recycle those flowers of yours? Transform them into household cleaners. Flowers can make great as cleaning agent.
Take 1/4th cup of flowers and mix them with a cup of baking soda and a tablespoon of salt to make some easy surface cleaner. Likewise, you can mix a few flower petals into your floor cleaner just before mopping for a fragrant twist!