The dried flower business is perfect for anyone who loves to spend time in their garden and understands the reaction of plants in different circumstances.
Drying flowers helps to preserve their beauty and sentimental value hence fresh flower farmers can venture into this business during this COVID-19 pandemic.
With this type of business, you don’t necessarily need formal education. However, your willingness to experiment with different types of plants and techniques is key.
a) Pressing flowers – Here you press the flowers in a non-glossy book or old books which will help you preserve the color of the flower as well.
b) Wax preservation method – You’ll need a melted paraffin wax in which you’ll keep the flowers to completely coat. This method is applicable for flowers with thicker petals which will give you good souvenirs.
c) Hot air flower drying – flowers are hanged in a ventilated room with the temperature that is 30°C for many hours to let them dry. This method is ideal for commercial purposes.
d) Silica gel preservation – you’ll use an airtight container because flowers must be completely covered in the powder for effectiveness.
e) Microwave drying – put the flowers in the microwave or oven; as it heats, the liquid inside flowers escapes as vapor dying the blooms. This method is also safe and quick, it will save you time and resources.
Those are just but a few ways that you can use to preserve flowers for your dried flower business.
Dried flower business comes with different opportunities which could lead you to a self-employment path, financial freedom, and independence. Besides selling the dried flowers on a retail and wholesale basis, you can also:
• Glue them on paper and put them on display or frame and sell them as decors.
• You can make eco-friendly and colorful confetti from them as shown below
• You can make scented room spray or diffusers by adding additional oils and distilled water on the dried flowers.
• They can be used for gift wrapping as well
• You can also make botanical cases to add extra greenery and floral tones to your living room
These are a few creative ways in which you can use dried flowers to make money. This will be of great help especially to the fresh flower farmers whose business has been affected during this season.
Author: Everlyne Malimo, SME Innovation
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