Herbs and flowers are best preserved in a box. Especially fresh cut flowers. This can help protect your flowers from the weather, pests, and voracious insects for up to two weeks. However, if you plan on storing your flowers longer than that, you’ll need to use other preservation methods. Anabella Ramos Florals use a variety of flowers and plant materials to create unique dried flowers bouquets, which are curated and created to bring you closer to the joy of receiving flowers.
Here are some of the most common ways to preserve your flowers in a box:
Clean the flowers
The first step to storing your flowers in a box is to clean them. To get the best out of preserved flowers in a box, you’ll want to remove any leaves, debris, or dirt before you start.
#1: Fill the bottom of the box with damp paper towels
Before placing your flowers in the box, fill the bottom with damp paper towels. This will help wick away moisture and prevent mold from growing on the flowers.
#2: Add a layer of moist paper towels
After cleaning and filling the box, add a layer of moist paper towels on top of them. The moist paper towel will ensure that any water leak out won’t get onto your other flowers or the surrounding area. Check back every day to make sure it’s still damp and not dried out too much.
#3: Place another layer of moist paper towels
Once you see that it’s still damp enough, place another layer of moist paper towels on top of them. Continue doing this until they’re completely covered with two layers of wet paper towel and sealed shut with tape (or staples).
Use a vase or glass jar
If you have a lot of flowers, it’s best to use a vase or glass jar. This can help keep the flowers in one place.
Place your flowers in a bag.
The easiest way to preserve your flowers in a box is by putting them in a bag. You can put the flower stems in the bag and then sprinkle them with water to moisten. This will prevent them from drying out too quickly.
If you’re using a plastic container, you can fill it halfway with water and leave the top open for ventilation. Place your flowers inside of this container and close the lid.
Place your flowers inside a closed paper bag so that only their stems are exposed to air. Close up the bag as much as possible, but make sure there is still some airflow to not retain moisture.
Place flowers in a box with water
Place cut flowers in a box with water, add a few ice cubes and wrap the box tightly in plastic wrap. This will keep the flowers fresh for about 48 hours.
Preserve your flowers in a box
Air-drying is a technique that can preserve flowers for up to two weeks. Preserved flowers in a box need to be completely dry before storing them away.
Wrap the flowers in paper or cloth, then store them in a box with desiccant (or silica gel) inside. This will prevent mold from forming on the flowers and keep the flowers fresh for up to six weeks.
Keep your flowers in a sealed container, like a glass jar, by placing them on its side or upside down and sealing it airtight for up to two weeks.
Put your flower’s stem into boiling water for about 10 minutes before storing it with a desiccant inside of a sealed box. This process will kill any pests on your flower and disinfect the stem so you don’t get mold.
Although you may have your tricks for preserving flowers, these steps are a quick and easy way to preserve your flowers and make them last longer.