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Nickee213-Sep-01 03:24 PM EST 6   
JoanneS13-Sep-01 03:43 PM EST 3a   
Linda15-Sep-01 06:02 PM EST   
Ann15-Sep-01 07:08 PM EST   
Brian @ P&P Plants18-Sep-01 02:50 PM EST 3   
Brian @ P&P Plants20-Sep-01 07:27 PM EST 3   
sheila20-Sep-01 09:07 PM EST 2   
Linda20-Sep-01 11:08 PM EST   


Subject: drying flowers in silica gel
From: Nickee2
Zone: 6
Date: 13-Sep-01 03:24 PM EST

I am trying to drt sunflowers that have 2 or3 layers of petals on them.I have been following the directions on the box of gel but when I take the sunflowers out of the gel the centres are very soft the the petals are somewhat dry but I don,t know how well they will last. I am wanting to make some sunflower wreaths.The zinnias I have dried are great.Also I have been drying the gel in between each batch and the grains seem to be not returning to there blue state any more.If anyone has an idea for me about how I could do this better I would appreciate it


Subject: RE: drying flowers in silica gel
From: JoanneS
Zone: 3a
Date: 13-Sep-01 03:43 PM EST

Hi, I dried sunflowers with silica gel a couple of years ago. I had to leave them in the silica gel for quite a while before they were completely dried. I can't remember exactly how long, but way past the suggestion on the box of gel.


Subject: RE: drying flowers in silica gel
From: Linda
Zone:
Date: 15-Sep-01 06:02 PM EST

If you change the Gel it will help peed up the process.


Subject: RE: drying flowers in silica gel
From: Ann
Zone:
Date: 15-Sep-01 07:08 PM EST

If you have any very fine sand, this works too, so you could have two boxes going. I use a shoe box.


Subject: RE: drying flowers in silica gel
From: Brian @ P&P Plants
Zone: 3
Date: 18-Sep-01 02:50 PM EST

There is free Silica Gel, all you have to do is ask for it.

You drugstore opens up hundreds of bottles of pills and each one has the Paks in them.

I have a couple of large Drugstores that save them for me.

Some of the Paks contain Carbon but there are ones that are only Silica Gel.

I open up the Paks and pour into a bottle for use in drying my flowers.

It takes a lot of Paks, but after time you will end up with enough.


Subject: RE: drying flowers in silica gel
From: Brian @ P&P Plants
Zone: 3
Date: 20-Sep-01 07:27 PM EST

I'm adding to my previous message as I just found out there is a Cat Litter that is made from Silica Gel. It is in large pellets. I'm wondering if it would work for drying Flowers etc. in it's present form or does it have to be ground into smaller size? How would you make it smaller?


Subject: RE: drying flowers in silica gel
From: sheila
Zone: 2
Date: 20-Sep-01 09:07 PM EST

I've always been trying to dry sunflowers without any success. could someone explain how you use silica gel to dry them. do you have to hang flowers upside down or put them in a box with the gel or how


Subject: RE: drying flowers in silica gel
From: Linda
Zone:
Date: 20-Sep-01 11:08 PM EST

Put silica gel, sand or kitty litter in the bottom of the pot. Carefully place the flowers in and place the gel around the flower covering it completely.

The absorbant material will wick the moisture away from the plant eventually drying it out.


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