Our customers often ask us, "what's the difference between dried flowers and preserved flowers?" That's a great question! Let's clear things up.
Dried flowers are made from fresh flowers that were once in a bouquet. When they pass their peak beauty and would normally go into the trash, they are preserved using a drying method that dehydrates the flower. Dried flowers are just that: dry. As they age they also become brittle, brown, and highly susceptible to collecting dust wherever they are displayed.
The most common method for drying flowers is to use a rubber band or twine to secure the bouquet, then hang them upside down in a dark, dry place, such as an attic or closet. The flowers take 2-3 weeks to dry, and they will retain some of their original color. Flowers dried in this way are usually used to make rustic, decorative arrangements, or to hold onto sentimental flowers for longer.
You can also dry individual flowers in a dehydrator. These dry in just 2-5 hours and so retain their color better; they are often used by crafters to make poured acrylic art and jewelry. Or, you can press individual flowers in a book for several weeks. These pressed, dried flowers are used in crafts, framed artwork, and handmade greeting cards.
Unless the dried flowers are immediately preserved in acrylic, over time the color will fade and the flowers will become mostly brown and turn brittle and unattractive.
Preserved flowers are a completely different product! Preserved roses are real flowers that we let grow naturally on their stem until they reach their absolute peak beauty. Once cut, the flowers are instantly put into a solution of glycerin, colorants, and other natural preservatives. After several days, the flowers have absorbed enough preserving solution to replace all of the sap and natural moisture in the flower.
The result of preserving flowers in this way is that they retain their gorgeous, vibrant color. Rehydrating them in the preserving solution also produces a soft and supple texture, just like how a living flower feels while still in a vase of water. Best of all, a preserved rose arrangement will last a year or longer with virtually no maintenance. And they maintain their lustrous life-like appearance the whole time, unlike dried or fresh flowers.
Preserved flowers are usually given as gifts in round or square boxes, from a single rose to several dozen roses perfectly arranged into a stunning display. They can also be used to create custom arrangements, such as bridal bouquets, centerpieces, and other decorative elements that you want to last.
Just keep them out of direct sunlight and give them an occasional light dusting. Compared to traditional fresh flowers, preserved flowers make a lasting impression and are actually far more economical than maintaining fresh flowers year-round! (We did the math in this blog).
Hopefully this has cleared up the confusion about dried flowers versus preserved flowers. There really is no comparison if you want to give that someone special roses that last a year!
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