Dried vs Preserved

We often receive inquiries about the distinction between dried and preserved flowers. While both types have a comparable shelf life, they differ significantly in appearance and the process they undergo to attain their final state.

Dried Flowers

Dried flowers offer a sustainable and charming alternative to fresh blooms, having undergone a dehydration process that eliminates their natural moisture. This transformation is achieved through various methods, with some flower and foliage varieties lending themselves more readily to drying. The traditional technique of air drying involves suspending flowers upside down in a cool, dry, and dark environment, allowing them to slowly desiccate. For optimal results during the drying process, it is recommended to evenly spread out the stems.

Once fully dried, the visual appeal of the flowers may become more subdued, reflecting the effects of dehydration. Petals and foliage acquire a delicate brittleness, often diminishing in size and developing intriguing wrinkles. Over time, colors gently fade as part of the natural aging process, resulting in a captivating array of earthy tones. Despite their fragility, dried flowers can endure for years when handled with care, shielded from direct sunlight and excessive humidity.

dried pink roses

Preserved Flowers

Preserving flowers is a remarkable scientific method designed to extend the lifespan of fresh blooms. Through a meticulous process, flowers undergo a transformation where a specially formulated gel, known as a glycerin solution, replaces their sap. This intricate preservation technique results in flowers that retain their natural appearance and delicate touch. In comparison to dried flowers, preserved blooms are notably softer to the touch and more flexible, adding an exquisite dimension to their allure.

Preserved flowers, however, require some care as they can be sensitive to heat, humidity, and direct sunlight. With minimal attention, preserved flowers can enjoy a significantly prolonged shelf life, lasting anywhere from 1 to 3 years or even longer when kept in a sealed container.

The preservation process is particularly well-suited for sturdier flower varieties such as roses, gerberas, chrysanthemums, daisies, carnations, and cymbidium orchids.

After the flowers have been preserved, they can undergo a bleaching process to remove the original pigmentation. Subtle food dyes can then be introduced to create on-trend and captivating hues.

preserved roses

Final Thoughts

The lasting charm and timeless appeal of dried and preserved flowers offer a more cost-effective option.  They also allow you to relish in the beauty of flowers for an extended period, far surpassing the fleeting lifespan of fresh blooms.

Whether you're treating yourself or looking for the perfect gift, our dried and preserved options will be a constant source of delight and beauty.  For stunning  florals throughout the year, Pink Trunk is your ultimate destination.

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