How to Dry and Preserve Roses

Wondering how to dry and preserve roses? Here are some tips and tricks to help you get started.

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Drying roses is a great way to preserve their natural beauty, and they make lovely homemade gifts. You can dry roses in a dehydrator, in the oven, or by air drying them. The method you choose will depend on how many roses you need to dry, and how quickly you want to do it.

To dry roses in the oven, start by preheating the oven to its lowest temperature. Then, remove all the leaves from the stem, and cut the stem down to about 4 inches long. Next, place the roses on a wire rack over a baking sheet, and put them in the oven. Leave them in for 6-8 hours, or until they are completely dry.

If you’re short on time, you can also dry roses in a dehydrator. Set the dehydrator to 125 degrees Fahrenheit, and arrange the rose stems on the racks. Leave them in for 4-6 hours until they are dried out.

Air drying is another option if you’re not in a hurry. Start by stripping all the leaves off of the stem, and cutting it down to about 6 inches long. Then, find a dark, cool spot where there is good air circulation. Tie a string around the base of each rose bush, and hang them upside down from a clothesline or hanger. Leave them hanging until they are completely dry, which could take up to 2 weeks.

What You’ll Need

– Fresh roses
– Silica gel
– Airtight container
– Optional: Styrofoam and Wirecutters

Remove all the leaves from the rose stems, leaving only the rose blooms. Mix one part silica gel with two parts rose petals in the airtight container You can add more Silica gel if needed, but don’t add more roses or the silica gel won’t be effective. Close the container tightly and store it in a cool, dark place for two to three weeks.

Check on your roses every few days to make sure the silica gel is still moist. If it isn’t, add more water until it’s damp again. After two to three weeks, your preserved roses will be ready to display.

Step One: Gather Your Roses

Gather your roses in the morning after the dew has evaporated. Roses that are cut in the evening tend to wilt quickly. If you can’t gather them in the morning, cut them anyway and put them into a bucket of cool water until you’re ready to work with them.

Step Two: Strip the Roses

Gather your roses and remove all the leaves. These will just rot and fall off anyway, so it’s best to get them off now. Also, cut off any thorns.
Depending on the size of your roses, you may want to cut them in half or in thirds. This will help them fit better into the dehydrator trays and dry more evenly.

Step Three: Hang the Roses

After you have removed the excess leaves and thorns, it is time to hang your roses upside down to dry. Choose a cool, dark, and dry place to hang your rosebuds. Try not to handle the roses too much so that they do not bruise. You can use a fan set on low to circulate the air in the room and help speed up the drying process. Check on your roses every few days to make sure they are drying properly. It can take up to two weeks for the roses to completely dry.

Step Four: Check on the Roses

After two to three weeks, it’s time to check on your roses. Gently remove one of the outermost roses and examine it. If the rose is leathery and papery to the touch, it is fully dried and ready to be removed from the drying process. If it is not yet dry, replace the rose and check again in a week or so.

Step Five: Store the Roses

After your roses are pressed and dried, it is time to store them. Place the dried roses in an airtight container You can use a Tupperware container, a zip-lock bag, or even a mason jar. Prior to sealing the container, add a silica gel packet to help absorb any moisture that may be in the container.


When it comes to drying roses, there are two methods that work best – air drying and silica gel. Whichever method you choose, remove any leaves from the stem first as they will only rot and cause the rose to deterioration during the drying process.

For air drying, create a small bunch of roses using an elastic band and then hang them upside down in a cool, dark and dry place. Once they are dried out – which can take up to two weeks – store them in an Airtight container away from sunlight. They should keep their color for several months.

If you want to speed up the process, you can use silica gel. This is a desiccant that absorbs moisture, so it’s perfect for drying flowers. First, make sure your flowers are clean and free of any debris. Next, create a small bunch of roses and tie them together with an elastic band. Then, place the stems into a container filled with silica gel so that the bloom is completely covered. Finally, seal the container tightly and store it in a cool, dark place – again, away from sunlight. The roses should be completely dried within 24-48 hours.


When working with chemicals, always follow the manufacturer’s warnings and instructions.

-Wear gloves, eye protection and a dust mask when working with chemicals.
-Store all chemicals in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children and pets.

Things You’ll Need

-A food dehydrator
-Silica gel or powdered milk
-Airtight containers
-Finely ground Coffee Beans (optional)

To dry roses, you’ll need a food dehydrator, silica gel or powdered milk, airtight containers, and finely ground Coffee beans (optional).