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Rose Potpourri

Roses to be used for potpourri should be cut in the morning as soon as the morning dew on the petals has dried. Select healthy blooms that have not been "burnt" by the sun. Use varieties with good color and (most important) good fragrance.


Gently peal the petals off and spread them out on a layer of paper towels. The area where the petals are left to dry should be warm, well ventilated and away from direct sunlight; the darker the area, the more color that is retained in the petals.


Turn the petals over at least once a day. The drying process should take from 2 to 4 days.


There are many different spices and flowers you can add to the rose petals to make your potpourri. Use the following ingredients for your first try:


  • 2 cups dried rose petals
  • 1 tablespoon mixed, ground spices consisting of cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon

    Place the ingredients in a covered jar for 2 weeks and stir occasionally. The potpourri will then be ready to place in a suitable potpourri container.


    You can experiment with additional ingredients to get the exact scent you want. Other ingredients that are suitable are; allspice, mace, orris root, lavender and citrus peel.