How to Dry Flowers with Silica Gel

Two Parts:Drying flowers using silica gelReusing the silica gel

Silica gel is an effective desiccant to use as a flower drying agent. It will remove the moisture, drying flowers sufficiently for long-term preservation.

Part 1
Drying flowers using silica gel

  1. 1
    Get a sealed container. Find the airtight bucket/container to perform the drying method in. Use a big and wide mouthed container such as a bucket to fit your flowers with ease.
  2. 2
    Fill the container with silica gel. Place the flowers inside the container, then fill it with a layer of silica gel beads. They should be deep enough to entirely cover the flowers.
    • Use silica gel orange/white beads, approximately 1-2mm in size. Another alternative is blue beads.
  3. 3
    Wait for the flowers to dry out. Silica gel has the fastest absorption capacity of any drying agent used with flowers, with at the most, a 2 to 3 day wait for drying out the flowers. Watch for the color change; the indicator beads will only change color when the moisture is absorbed:
    • If you use silica gel orange beads for drying, when it fully absorbs the moisture inside the bucket, its color turns to dark green.
    • If you use blue beads, its color changes to light pink.
  4. 4
    Remove the flowers from the container. After the flowers fully absorb the moisture, carefully take them out of the container. At this point, they should be completely dried and ready to use.

Part 2
Reusing the silica gel

  1. 1
    Regenerate the of silica gel beads. After the moisture has been saturated, the silica beads can be regenerated. Spread across a baking sheet and place into the oven. Bake at 200 to 250 degrees.[citation needed]
  2. 2
    Reuse the silica gel. You can use silica gel after regeneration has been completed, for the same process as explained in part 1.

Tips

  • You can use silica gel packets or canisters for the same outcome.
  • Orange silica beads are environmentally-friendly and organic.[citation needed]

Warnings

  • Do not eat silica gel, because if by mistake it silica, you might be suffer some irritating side effects in your body like: dry eyes, feeling dry your throat, etc.


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