- Drying and
preserving flowers and plant materials is a form of artistic
expression that was very popular during the Victorian age and
has once again gained popularity.
processing of dried flowers involves drying, bleaching and
colouring after their collection.
used for removing water from plant parts are air-drying, sun
drying, oven drying, embedding (sand, borax, silica gel and
combination of these materials), glycerining (Glycerinating),
microwave oven drying, freeze-drying and press drying.
- For drying
of flowers and foliage number of dehydration techniques are
practiced which vary according to the suitability of any species
and the purpose for which dehydrated material is required.
methods are air-drying, sun drying, solar dryer, hot air oven
drying, microwave drying, freeze drying and vacuum drying etc.
India is one of
the major exporters of dried flowers to the tune of 5% world
trade in dry flowers.
shows a growth rate of 15% annually.
Potpourris is a
major segment of dry flower industry valued at Rs. 55 crores in
being cheap and everlasting are fast becoming a favorite among
the adventurous flower lovers across the globe some what on the
expense of fresh flowers.
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