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Carrie
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Tuesday, June 04, 2002
15:33:10
Subject: Lilacs...
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Is it possible to dry lilacs just by hanging them
upside down?
Also, if I spray dried roses with hair spray, will
they keep their nice appearance, color and aroma
longer?
Than


Nicole Gallant
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Wednesday, June 05, 2002
08:52:17
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Hi Carrie,

I have the same exact question as you. I need to dry lilacs for a wedding in August. Last night I tried selica gel in the microwave, but had no success. I'm in desperate need of advice.


dscott
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Wednesday, June 05, 2002
23:34:23
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Sorry for the delay in response, very busy getting plants in the field!

Lilacs air dry very nicely. The trick is to pick them prior to full bloom (very similar in that respect with Hydrangea). The very tips will not be open yet but will have color.

Cut them into clusters of several heads (approx. 4), rubberband the stems and then hang them in a dry, dark, open space. Darkness is critical in maintaining their color.

I am not sure where you live but it is too late for drying them here in Western New York.

Good luck!

D. Scott Demmin
Dried Flowers Direct
www.DriedFlowersDirect.com


Carrie
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Thursday, June 06, 2002
15:04:22
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I live in Wisconsin, and yes, it's too late here
to dry lilacs this year. Maybe next year. When
you say that darkness is critical in maintaining
their color, you mean darkness during the drying
process, right? After they are dried, the color
won't fade if I arrange them in a bouquet and put
them in my kitchen, will they? Thanks very


Nicole Gallant
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Thursday, June 06, 2002
15:13:08
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I want to say thanks for the advice. It's lilac time in New-Brunswick, Canada. I believe that they are just perfect for drying right now. The tips are not opened. I'm going tonight to get some and I will try the air-drying procedure. I'll let you know how it went.
Thanks!


dscott
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Thursday, June 06, 2002
19:12:50
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Carrie:

That is correct, total darkness during the drying process will result in the maximum amount of color. Once dry, you can reintroduce them to light but it is still advisable to keep them out of direct sunlight.

Nicole:

Do keep us posted, I imagine that some colors will dry better then others and that would be interesting informaiton for all.


Nicole Gallant
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Friday, June 07, 2002
10:39:21
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Hi,
I just have one last question about my dried lilacs. I went last night a picked a whole bunch of em. Now, I have some people telling me it's too late to dry them. The ones I picked where partly bloomed, but the very tip of the lilac was still in buds. I stored them in closets in an old unused school that my friend owns. I just want to know if you have a piture of an air-dried lilac, so I know what to expect. Will they look similar to air-dried Hydrangea's?


dscott
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Tuesday, June 11, 2002
20:43:38
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Sorry, I do not have any pictures. We do not dry our Lilacs. A well dried Hydrangea looks like a fresh flower, where a Lilac will look dried. Still has nice shape and color but the petals are smaller and have a 'dried' look to them.

D. Scott Demmin


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