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Dried Flowers

A touch of nostalgia
Dried flowers are back again. About 25 years ago, the market for dried flowers was booming and reached its peak in 1995. After that, the interest dropped drastically. Two or three years ago, the demand for dried flowers suddenly began to rise again.

Here in short how the production process of dried flowers works.The production of dried flowers and grasses is a complex and labor-intensive process, involving a great deal of specialism and experience. The weather also plays an important role.

Seeds with the right germination, that's where it starts. Once the right seeds are found and purchased, growers can start sowing. Often this is done manually with the help of seeding machines. The flowers are sown in the early spring. Products such as wheat, oats and barley, the so called 'winter wheat', are sown before the winter.

  

The harvest of this type of products takes place mechanically in May. Specially developed machines cut the winter wheat and bundle it. Between June and August, depending on the weather, the harvest of the "cold" ground products follows: the flowers. Many species are still harvested manually with a sickle such as Rhodante and Acrolineum. Other species, such as Delphineum and Helichrysum, are cut per stem and processed in bunches.

Then, the bunches with fresh flowers and grasses are pinched on pens and hung upside down on carts. This keeps them straight after drying. The fully loaded carts enter the drying cells with a temperature of approximately 100 ° C. Fans and an ingenious extraction system extract the moisture from the products.

  

After drying, the products are kept aside for a number of days to allow the moisture in the air to be drawn back into the bunches. This makes them less fragile and better suited for further processing or packing.

The end result is a labor-intensive but exclusive product with a touch of nostalgia.