Traditional Vs. Preserved Flowers - Which Make Better Gifts?
A special occasion is coming up and you’re in the market to give the gift of flowers. In recent months, you may have been seeing preserved roses delivered to your friends, co-workers, or - if you’re lucky - maybe even you! So what’s the story? Essentially, preserved flowers are flowers that have been significantly slowed from decay using a gentle preservative (learn more about this process here), thus maintaining their beauty for up to a year. But how do they stack up against live flowers as gifts? We’ll compare the differences between gifting preserved flowers and traditional live flowers so you can decide which makes the best gift for your occasion.
There’s no question - if you’re buying a quality preserved flower, you’re going to pay more up front than if you were buying live roses. But some quick math shows that over the course of a year, the cost of preserved roses is actually less than maintaining live roses. Though it varies seasonally, the average price for one dozen live roses nationally is about $42. With 52 weeks in a year, to maintain live roses all year round, you’d end up spending $2184. Now, taking a look at our Large Square Collection, each containing 4 dozen roses, you pay $399, or $99.75 per dozen. Since these roses last for a year, the cost per dozen each week comes out to just $1.91 per dozen per week! No question - while the investment for preserved roses on the front end is higher, the value is well worth it!
One of the reasons that you pay more for preserved flowers is the high quality of the roses chosen for preservation. Prior to beginning the process, we are very selective in terms of the roses we choose to last a year. Because we are so picky, our cost per preserved rose ends up being higher, since not all the roses make the cut. The tradeoff is that when you buy preserved roses from Le Jardin Infini, there's no question of the quality. The flowers we preserve are at peak beauty when cut, so you won’t have to worry about immature buds that may never fully bloom. Because of this process, preserved flowers have the edge on quality.
Want to keep your live cut flowers alive for longer? Good luck. There are tips and tricks for those dedicated to extending the life of live flowers - but at the end of the day, you’re unlikely to keep them healthy looking for longer than a week. In contrast, preserved flowers last an entire year with very little maintenance.
So… Are Traditional Or Preserved Flowers Better For Gifts?
Based on what we’ve discussed above, this answer really comes down to what you want your gift to mean. Live flowers will always be less cash out of pocket, but will quickly lose their fresh appearance and end up in the garbage a week later. However, if you’d like to give a gift that carries meaning and will provide continued beauty to your recipient past the one-week lifespan of a living rose, preserved flowers make a superior gift.
Preserved roses make ideal gifts for spouses, significant others, parents, colleagues, and friends. Let us help you customize the perfect preserved flowers. Call us at 1-844-5-JARDIN (527346) or buy preserved flowers online at https://www.lejardininfini.com/collections.