For people who love flowers, drying flowers to keep them from withering is a fun hobby. Dried flowers last much longer than the normal lifespan of a flower. If you’re interested in starting a flower collection or preserving a bouquet as a keepsake, here are two methods to try.
This is a traditional method used for centuries. It’s also quite simple. First, cut off any excess leaves and trim the stems of your flowers, but leave at least six inches of length. After that, you use twine, ribbon, or string to tie your bunch of flowers securely together.
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Then, all that is left to do is to hang them upside down to dry, but avoid hanging them in moist areas. Also, keep them away from light; otherwise, the flower’s color may fade during the drying process, which takes about two to three weeks.
This method is relatively new compared to the air-drying method. It is great for preserving flowers in full bloom. However, you’ll need a microwave oven and something called silica gel. First, cut off the stems close to the base of the flower. Next, add silica gel to a microwave-safe container. The silica gel should be about two to three centimeters deep.
Then, place the blooms in the container, and sprinkle a bit more of the silica gel over the flowers and between the petals. Place the container into the microwave and heat it for two to five minutes. Once the flowers feel dry, take the container out of the microwave and cover it with a lid for 24 hours. Be sure to open the top slightly for it to vent.
Using either of these methods will create lovely decorations that look great for months or even years.
What Did You Learn?
1. Which word in the passage means “becoming drier and smaller and starting to die?”
2. Which of the following statements are true, according to the passage?（多選題）
(A) Water might cause flowers to lose their color when they are hung to dry.
(B) Flowers must be dipped in silica gel before being placed in a dark room.
(C) The air-drying method uses less equipment than the microwave method.
(D) The microwave method has been around longer than the air-drying method.
(E) Before being put in a microwave to dry, flowers have to be hung for 24 hours.
(F) Flowers have to be removed from the stems if they are to be dried in the microwave.
1. withering 2. (C)、(F)
Word in Use
1. wither vi. 枯萎
The girl is looking for roses that will never wither.
2. lifespan n. 壽命
People in Japan enjoy a longer lifespan than those in most other countries.
3. bouquet n. 花束
I like to keep a bouquet of roses on my desk.
Anna’s boyfriend brought her a bunch of roses.
4. excess a. 多餘的；過多的
You need to pay extra for excess baggage.
5. trim vt. 修剪
The hair stylist trimmed too much hair from Kelly’s bangs.
1. cut off 剪掉∕移除
After getting the cast cut off, Zack kept it as a souvenir.
2. upside down 上下顛倒
Passengers were thrown upside down when the plane rolled over.
3. keep. . . away from 使…遠離
Jimmy applied some insect repellent to the skin to keep bugs away from him.
4. compared to / with. . . 與…相比
Compared to the mansion, our house is like a jail cell.
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