Recently on the blog, we shared how to choose between fresh, preserved, and artificial flowers. Today we’re diving in to a bit more detail… with everything you need to know about preserved flowers.
How are preserved flowers made?
With modern technology, there are lots of different options for preserving flowers. The traditional methods were drying flowers – in air, sand, or silica gel – or pressing them. These methods kept the original color and scent of the flowers, but they tended to fade over time. And of course, pressed flowers were completely flat; they couldn’t be used in floral arrangements.
Now, it’s more common to preserve flowers with glycerin or by freeze-drying them. The glycerin method replaces the water in flowers with glycerin, so that they keep their original shape and color forever. Freeze-drying has the same effect, but it also retains the scent of the flowers.
Pros and cons of preserved flowers
As we’ve seen from the different preserving methods, preserved flowers might not always have the same color and scent as fresh flowers. But with modern technology, the gap between “fresh” and “preserved” is smaller than ever.
Preserved flowers from Dianthus Miami will last for up to a year if they are stored and cared for properly. So they can be put on display for a corporate event or yacht trip, and then safely packed away until they are needed again.
Get the look in 2020
Preserved flowers are a great choice in 2020, because they match the current aesthetic. They look elegant and vintage, and use natural, eco-friendly materials. Look out for bright colors and a mix of fresh and preserved flowers for a modern, textured look. (Click here to read more about floral trends for 2020!)