The ins and outs of dried flowers | Did you know?

Dried flowers have proved to be a big hit in 2019, and 2020 looks no different for them. But despite their popularity, a lot of facts about dried flowers are still unknown by the public. At least we didn’t know! So have you ever wondered how long they last, what they symbolise and if they are capable of carrying scent? Then read on and learn all the ins and outs of dried flowers!

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How long do dried flowers last?

Dried florals last around 1-3 years. A general rule of thumb: the moister the room they are kept in, the shorter their life span. For that reason, avoid placing them in the bathroom or in the kitchen. Dried florals kept in a sealed casing can last for more than 10 years.

Can dried flowers go mouldy?

Unfortunately, yes. However, this will generally only happen when you keep them in a very humid area or room for a longer period – a bathroom or kitchen for example.

How do I dry flowers myself?

One way of naturally dehydrating flowers can be done by leaving them hanging upside down in small bunches of 10-15 stems. Make sure they are in a quite warm but dark space to ensure a good drying process. Keep them out of the sun, as their colours will fade otherwise. Also, don’t put them in a spot where they might fall, as the stems break easily.

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Which flowers are suitable for drying?

A lot of flowers are suitable for drying. Our advice? Just give it a go and see what works and what doesn’t. There are a couple of flowers that are particularly suitable for drying though, including Celosia, Gypsophila, Hydrangea, Larkspur, Sea Holly and Statice. Try to choose flowers and foliage with thicker stems, to avoid them from breaking easily.

Do you need to care for dried flowers?

Opposed to fresh flowers, dried flowers do not require much maintenance. They don’t need water, a recut of the stems or flower food. The only thing you need to do is keep them free from dust, so you can enjoy their romantic appearance to the fullest. Using a hairdryer (cold!) or a compressed air spray (from a distance) can do the trick. Also, keep them out of direct sunlight, as this will make them brittle and fades their colours.

Can dried blooms give you hayfever?

Great news for all people suffering from hayfever: dried florals cannot cause hayfever-related allergic reactions. Why you might wonder? Because they don’t have pollen. This makes a beautiful dried flower bouquet or door wreath a suitable sneeze-free gift option.

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Are dried flowers safe for cats?

No – It doesn’t matter if flowers are fresh or dried, some flowers remain toxic to cats. Looking for flowers and plants that are pet-proof? Haworthia and Phalaenopsis are good examples of plants that are safe for cat(lovers). Discover more pet-proof flowers and plants in this blog. The article also lists flowers and plants to avoid as a pet owner.

What do dried florals symbolise?

Dried flowers can hold sentimental value. This is often related to treasured memories: an anniversary, a new home or a personal victory for example. More and more brides also opt for a dried bridal bouquet or the possibility of drying their wedding bouquet after the big day, to keep the memories ‘alive’. On the contrary, there are people who believe that dried florals mean bad luck or bad Chi. Have a look on the internet and see for yourself.

Can dried blooms still carry their original fragrance?

It’s possible for flowers to remain scented after you have dried them, but not all flowers do. Examples of flowers that often still smell after the drying process are Roses, Strawflowers and Lavender. The latter is specifically praised for its long-lasting aroma (up to 2-3 years after drying!). Roses or Rose petals will only remain scented if it was a scented Rose in the first place.

Non-scented dried florals can still be good ingredients for making your own potpourri though. Using spices and essential oils along with it.

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Are you planning on buying a dried flower bouquet, wreath or individual stems to start a DIY project? Contact your local florist to see if they have some dried flowers in stock.

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