A method for dehydrating the blooms of the hibiscus plant
Hibiscus flowers are pretty to look at, but they fade quickly once you pick them. Luckily, you can dry them to preserve their shape and color to some extent. With the right technique, you can even dry hibiscus flowers for use in tea and cosmetics! Hibiscus is rich in minerals, antioxidants, and vitamin C, and some people find that it helps improve digestion, metabolism, and cholesterol levels.
Hibiscus drying methods
Hibiscus blooms wither quickly, so they may be dried for later use: Artificially drying hibiscus blooms Use powdered silica gel to dry hibiscus blossoms for decoration:
- Cut mature, undamaged hibiscus blossoms off the stalk. To aid drying, leave 1.3 cm at the bottom.
- Silica gel is a white powder used in the drying process and can be bought online or in flower supply stores. It should not be used to dry flowers if you want to eat them or use them for cosmetics, as the petals become unsuitable for eating. In a glass or plastic container deep enough to hold the number of petals, 2.5 cm of silica gel is poured.
- The hibiscus flower's stem is inserted in silica gel 1.3 cm from the bottom and the petals contact it. Keep the trunk erect until it is dry. Pour additional gelatin over the hibiscus flower until it barely reaches the top petals and covers it entirely, making a 2.5-inch layer of silica. The silica and flower pot is stored in a dry, child-proof area with a securely closed lid to prevent moisture from ruining your work. If it's dry, add additional silica and leave it for longer.
- After the requisite time, the fragile dried blossom is carefully removed with silica. Dusting brushes are used to remove excess silica gel from dried flowers. Because it may shred the dry, fragile blossom.
- Gluing the dried flower on projects decorates and crafts.
Dry hibiscus flowers naturally
Hibiscus flowers are dried naturally by placing them in the open air, following the steps below:
- Hibiscus flowers are harvested when they turn red; And that is by cutting them with garden shears intended for picking flowers, as long as they are suitable and edible, and do not show signs of damage, rot, insect bites, etc., with the need to point out that hibiscus flowers that are not chemically modified must be used to dry them for culinary and cosmetic purposes in particular.
- The leaves are removed from the sepals and separated from the flowers.
- The hibiscus flower cups are spread out on a suitable rack, or they can be placed on cheesecloth in a place out of direct sunlight to dry.
- The flowers are allowed to dry completely, then the seeds are removed and the dried petals are stored in suitable glass containers to use when needed.
- Flowers can be dried in the form of bunches and large clumps with fairly long stems by tying them into bundles, just like the upside down hanging method of drying herbs. it is necessary to check that the hibiscus petals are completely dry; Because if it is stored wet, it will rot and deteriorate.
Definition of hibiscus flowers
Hibiscus is a perennial plant that grows beautiful, colorful flowers and can be planted in spring or autumn as long as the climate is frost-free.
Its "dinner plate" flowers, with thin petals of blue, pink, red, and white, can be used in many ho