Pressing Plants – A Simple Way to Dry Flowers
Pressing Plants – A Simple Way to Dry Flowers


Another very common and easy way to preserve flowers for future use as far as drying goes is just simple pressing. Pressing amounts to putting flowers or foliage between sheets of some type of absorbent material, be it newspaper, some type of artboard or, as many of us did in our gradeschool days, use a simple phone book to press especially foliage. The flowers and other material is, again, harvested at it’s peak quality and in the case of the phone book press, it’s nothing more simple than putting material between the pages of the phone book. Here we have a fern and the pages are just folded over you can keep on layering more foliage between the pages and when you get all said and done basically closing the book and putting some type of the heavy weight right
on top of it and leaving it there for several weeks. In the process, the moisture is absorbed by the pages of the phone book and you can open it up and pull out your dried leaves. Flowers can also be dried by simple pressing and it’s just a matter of preparing the flower, and, again, utilizing some type of material that you place the flower on that’s absorbent and leaving it there for a length of time to allow the plant material to dry. In the case of pressing, especially when you’re talking about flowers, you’re going to end up with something that’s kind of one-dimensional or flat and oftentimes these materials are used in picture collages, notecards, bookmarks, that kind of thing so these are going to be very one-dimensional, flat, but they will still retain their overall shape and form and oftentimes the colors. The colors in regards to pressing flowers, the darker the colors usually end up with a darker colored flower. They tend to get a little bit mauve colored or dark shades, that kind of thing. Lighter colored flowers lik the whites and yellows and that kind of thing will retain their colors. There’s nothing easier than putting this material on an absorbent piece of paper, this happens to be a heavy piece of artboard, and then folding a piece of, in this case, newspaper right over the top and then putting something over the top of that that’s stiff and firm such as this piece of cardboard and here again we’re going to apply weights to this material and leave it there for several weeks at which time when you uncover this thing the flowers will be dried, flat, pressed and ready for use in a picture or notecard or bookmark, however you choose. So this is a way in which you can do it at home. The classic way of pressing flowers was always done with a plant press. You see one right over here. Basically several sheets of material are put between this plant press, which then is equipped with these screws that apply pressure to this whole system. That’s left there for certain length of time to dry the material and then you can just pick out what you need out of this plant press reclamp it down and you can store material here as well as use from it. As you can see right here we’ve got some material that has been dried for quite awhile in this case foliage off an astilbe and this was using the classic plant press. We can see how they turn out. Very flat, very smooth, very dry. These can then be either used in their entirety or broken apart and used parts of to reconstruct a flower, if you will, if you’re doing a picture or whatever might have you. Pressing flowers: very simple, very easy to do and you can do a wide variety of plant material

27 thoughts on “Pressing Plants – A Simple Way to Dry Flowers”

  1. UnionKidz says:

    Cheers mate.

  2. Victoria Chan says:

    helpful!

  3. PineappleOrchid09 says:

    Very simple and yet informative, thanks for posting!! ^_^

  4. NORA512 says:

    thanks

  5. Manju Marappan says:

    thank you and helpul

  6. Akash S says:

    thank you and it was helpful

  7. Ivelina Kr says:

    I tried pressing an orchid and it got a little bit of fungus 🙁 otherwise no problem with the shape. Please help…how should i press an orchid without getting fungus. I do use paper but it is a flower that is very moist so i guess it keeps the juices inside and that's the problem

  8. priestvanglak says:

    This is great idea for penpals from other countries!

  9. I Saw A Bear says:

    Thanks for the vid, I'm starting university research and I have to collect plant samples.

  10. iw12321 says:

    Thanks Im taking Botany and have to make a plant press and collect and diagram 20 samples and this really helped.

  11. gavotteg says:

    Thank you so much this was really helpful! 😀

  12. Ernest Capili says:

    how many days does it take to take out the preserved plant?

  13. Dolpixna 29 says:

    This works but for some other flowers, it will have some sticky liquid after being compressed…

  14. KawaiiPinkPunkStar says:

    I liked this video a lot! Thank you 🙂

  15. str84rumliltj says:

    Thanks.

  16. Noemie Lachance says:

    Thank you 😀

  17. Walperalper says:

    A one dimensional flower? So…a line with no thickness? I think you mean two dimensional.

  18. GAME MODZ says:

    Or it can be smoked!

  19. Galactic Galaxle says:

    Interesting

  20. Liz Tapia says:

    thank you☼

  21. Elizabeth Sanders says:

    The microwave pressing flowers is great they do come out beautiful just be careful as after I did it a few times the tile I used caught on fire. Not a big fire just a little one did not damage anything just flipped me out. So I am going to try it again with a different kind of tile.

  22. Monique Salazar says:

    doed it matter how much weight is used to press?

  23. Antonine Louis says:

    LOOKING FOR TWO PLANTS SEED HALLOBUS PLANT THAT REJUVINATES AND MORE…. ALSO LOOKING FOR SIMPEY WIVEY OR WHAT IS CALLED ALOES SAME THING AS SIMPEY WIVEY. BY THEY GROW BY SEED. IF YES WHERE CAN I GET THE SEES. I SAW PLANTS ONLIBNE BUT I DONT HAVE 1,6 MILLION DOLLRS FOR A PLANT. THE PLANT SAVED MY LIFE GOVEN TO ME BY A TIME TRAVELER . A STRANGER WHO WAS TRAVELING IN HAITI. I WANTED TO PLANT THE PLANT MY SELF AND WIONDERED WHY ALOES WAS CALLED SIMPEY WOVEY BY SOME CARRIBBEAN PEOPLE. ANY OTHER NAMES THESE PLANTS I MEBNTIONED HAVE YOU KNOW OF,.WHAT ABOUHT THE CHIGATTE AND SEROSSEE. KNOW WHEE THEY ARE SOLD?

  24. Amory Lazlo says:

    Pressed flowers are NOT one dimensional. They are TWO dimensional.
    How could you not know this?

  25. Amar Fawwas says:

    That's so lame for me, better make it with the coffee, tea, milk, or even food. Already try it all.

  26. Murugayen Mohana says:

    Thank u for this information

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