Various succulent plants
cacti, hens-and-chicks, sedums, and mistletoe retain water so they can
thrive in arid conditions. But we can get around that.
By their very nature,
succulent plants will remain alive for an excessively long period when placed
your press, because they are water-storing plants. The water in their
leaves and stems make them resistant to drying but, with
patience, you can press them quite successfully.
To overcome the
problem of water retention and the plants' ability to stay
alive for long periods, you must kill your plants before pressing.
is 'dead' when it has a flaccid
Here's how to kill a succulent
plant - pick one:
plant over night
Dip the plant in boiling water
for a few minutes
microwave for about 3 minutes... do this without a
press; just set it on a plate.
Once the cell tissue has
been killed (by freezing, scalding or radiation)
the plant will still
require special attention until it has dried completely.
think parts, between the front and back, then scrape off as much of the flesh as you can.
a press for a minute on low.
repeat, repeat, etc...
dry place them in your press to finish drying.
The papers must
be changed at least twice daily for the first few days
Drying in the
press can take 2 to 4 weeks... maybe more, this is where patience comes in!
Since you will rarely
see pressed succulents or cacti, you've just created some very
unique pressed specimens to frame, display, and amaze your friends.
You can even
skeletonize cactus since it has a great veining structure
beneath the flesh.