There are many ways methods to dry flowers. Certain drying methods yield better results for some flowers than others. Dry gerbera daisies in a microwave oven. Microwave-drying allows the gerbera daisy to retain its colour and shape better than other drying methods like air-drying or pressing. According to David Trinklein from the University of Missouri's plant and science division, always choose a gerbera daisy close to its prime. The flower should be undamaged, as any damage will be more noticeable after the drying process.
Fill a microwave-safe container halfway with silica gel. You can use cat litter as an alternative to the silica gel, but silica gel is softer and gentler on the gerbera daisy's petals.
Lay the gerbera daisy into the gel with the stem down and the flower up. Use a toothpick to push the petals into the desired position.
Sift the silica gel--from around the flower--on top of the petals. Do this slowly and carefully. You do not want to damage the petals.
Tap on the side of the container to ensure the gel is around all of the flowers petals.
Place a microwave-safe cup into the back of the microwave. The water will prevent the flower from drying out too much. Place the container containing the gerbera daisy on the turntable in the microwave.
Microwave the flower and water at full power for two minutes. Check the dryness of the flower by gently moving away the silica gel with a toothpick. If it is not dry enough, place it back into the microwave for 30 seconds. Continue to do this until the gerbera daisy is dry.
Remove the gerbera daisy from the microwave oven and allow it to sit in the gel overnight.
Pour off the silica gel from the top of the daisy. When you can see the flower, carefully lift it from the gel. Use a paintbrush to brush away any leftover gel. Store the gerbera daisy in an airproof container or display in a vase.
If your microwave does not have a turntable, rotate the container every 30 seconds during the drying process.
Tips and warnings
- If your microwave does not have a turntable, rotate the container every 30 seconds during the drying process.