Common questions about dried and preserved flowers

What are dried and preserved flowers?

The first thing we should know is that dried flowers and preserved flowers are two types of flowers that have been subjected to different processes so that they last a long time.

We usually talk about them as a pack because florists usually work with them together, combining them within the same arrangement. However, it is important that you know the differences between one and the other since they are notable:

Dried flowers are natural flowers that have been subjected to a dehydration process. There are different methods: in the air upside down, horizontally, by pressing, etc. Once dry, they can be subjected to coloring and fixing processes so that they recover part of their initial characteristics.

Preserved flowers are also natural flowers that have undergone a rehydration process with glycerin and other plant compounds. The result is a flower that maintains the appearance and flexibility of the fresh flower (it does not break easily). They can also be subjected to subsequent coloring processes.

How to care for dried and preserved flowers?
  • Dust regularly. One way to clean the flowers is to use a duster or blow dryer on the lowest setting to remove dust. Compressed air can also be used like the products used to clean computer keyboards. With these care, you can ensure that dried flowers remain beautiful for a long time.
  • Avoid direct sunlight and moisture. It is important to keep dried flowers out of direct sunlight as this can speed up the natural fading process. It is advisable to place them in areas with little sunlight. Also, it is important to place them in a dry room to avoid moisture that can cause mold on the petals and leaves. It is advisable to avoid placing them in places with high humidity such as bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens.
  • Leave dried flower arrangements in place to prevent them from falling apart due to the brittleness of the petals and leaves. It is advisable not to move them to avoid dispersing the fragments. It is advisable to place them on a coffee table or side console to avoid unnecessary movement, but you can choose the place that best suits your decoration.
How long do dried flowers last?

How long dried flowers last depends on several factors, including the type of flower, the dehydration method used, and how they are stored and cared for. In general, dried flowers can last for several years if properly cared for. However, it is important to note that over time, dried flowers may lose some of their original characteristics, such as color and fragrance, and may become more fragile.

How long do preserved flowers last?

Preserved flowers can last for several years if properly cared for. The preservation process they use helps maintain the appearance and flexibility of fresh flowers, which means that preserved flowers can last longer than dried flowers. However, it is important to note that the duration time can also vary depending on the type of flower and the quality of preservation.

Advantages and disadvantages
  • The main advantage of these flowers is their longer duration over time . They can be kept looking good and beautiful for years if they are cared for properly.
  • Another advantage is that they need little care : dust from time to time, avoid direct sunlight (it discolors the flower) as well as humid spaces.
  • There is a greater variety of colors thanks to the coloring processes to which they are subjected, which can be very useful in many cases. I believe that it is very important to know how to use the range of colors well since it is common to find cases of impossible combinations that can be too unnatural, such as the «rainbow» rose, we must be sensible florally speaking and think with our heads, nature rules!

Regarding the disadvantages, I would say that there are mainly three:

  • Less variety of flower, not all the flowers and greens are found in a dried and/or preserved version.
  • They lose part of their natural fragrance, which can be important in some cases.
  • Higher price if we compare it with fresh flowers, although in reality if we think about the total duration of the flower they are infinitely cheaper.

In short, dried and preserved flowers offer greater durability and design versatility, but can be more expensive and have less natural fragrance. It is important to consider both their advantages and disadvantages when choosing them for an arrangement or decoration.

When is it a good option to choose dried flowers?
  • Long-term decoration: If you want to decorate a space for an extended period of time, dried flowers are an excellent option due to their durability.
  • Weddings and parties: Preserved flowers are an excellent option for decorating weddings due to their durability, lack of necessary care, aesthetics, and sustainability.
  • Memorial Events : Dried flowers are a popular choice for funeral bouquets or grave decorations as they can last a long time and provide a lasting reminder.
  • Indoor Arrangements: Dried flowers are an excellent choice for decorating the home, as they can be used to create a variety of designs and do not require regular care like fresh flowers.
  • Garden Themes: Dried flowers are an excellent choice for creating dry gardens or xeriscaping, as they do not require water or regular care.
  • Combinations with other elements: Dried flowers can be combined with other decorative elements such as stones, branches, shells, etc. to create a variety of designs and styles.

In general, choosing dried flowers is a good choice if you want a long-lasting decoration, don't want to worry about regular care for fresh flowers, or want to create a unique design.

How to store dried flowers?

It is important to store dried flowers in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and moisture. We recommend wrapping them in paper and storing them in a cardboard box to help keep them dry.