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Are dried flowers bad luck - 6 things to know

Updated: Oct 14, 2023

Dried flowers are very popular in floriculture and interior design. However, dried flowers require different handling and care methods to ensure they last a long time. Here are six things you need to know about these delicate flowers.

1. Are dried flowers bad luck

1.1. What are dried flowers?

If someone asks if are dried flowers bad luck , the answer is no. Dried flowers are fresh flowers that after picking are dried or dried to increase the shelf life and preserve as well as maintain the natural beauty and inherent scent of that flower. There are many ways to dry fresh flowers: Drying, drying, impregnating chemicals ... Depending on the method, dried flowers are also made with different colors and scents.

What are dried flowers
What are dried flowers

1.2. Do dried flowers last a long time?

Dried flowers last about 1-3 years. A general rule of thumb: the more humid the room, the shorter their lifespan. For that reason, avoid placing them in the bathroom or in the kitchen. The dried flowers are kept in an airtight container that can last for more than 10 years.

1.3. Do dried flowers get moldy?

Unfortunately it is. However, this usually only happens when you keep them in an area or room that is too humid for longer periods of time – for example, a bathroom or kitchen.

1.4. How do I dry flowers myself?

One way for flowers to dehydrate naturally can be done by having them hang upside down in small bunches of 10-15 stems. Make sure they are in a fairly warm but dark space to ensure the drying process goes well. Keep them away from the sun, as otherwise their color will fade. Also, do not put them where they can fall, as the trunk breaks easily.

1.5. What types of flowers are suitable for making dried flowers?

A lot of flowers are suitable for drying. Our advice? Just try and see what works and what doesn't. There are several flowers that are particularly suitable for drying, including Celosia, Gypsophila, Hydrangea, Larkspur, Sea Holly, and Statice. Try to choose flowers and foliage with thicker stems, to avoid them breaking easily.

1.6. Do you need to take care of dried flowers?

Do you need to take care of dried flowers
Do you need to take care of dried flowers

In contrast to fresh flowers, dried flowers don't require much maintenance. They do not need water, part of the stems or food for flowers. The only thing you need to do is keep them dust-free, so that you can enjoy their romantic appearance to the fullest. Using a hair dryer (cold!) Or a pneumatic aerosol (remote) can do this. Also, keep them out of direct sunlight, as this will make them brittle and fade.

1.7. Are dried flowers safe for cats?

No – Fresh or dried flowers don't matter, some flowers are still poisonous to cats. Looking for flowers and plants that are resistant to pets?

1.8. What do dried flowers symbolize?

Dried flowers can hold sentimental value. This usually involves precious memories: an anniversary, a new home or a personal victory, for example. More and more brides are opting for dried wedding bouquets or perhaps drying wedding bouquets after the big day to keep memories 'vivid'. On the contrary, there are those who believe that dry florals mean bad luck or bad lice . Have a look on the internet and see for yourself.

1.9. Can dried flowers still carry their original fragrance?

Can dried flowers still carry their original fragrance
Can dried flowers still carry their original fragrance

Flowers may retain their fragrance after you've dried them, but not all flowers will. Examples of flowers that usually still smell after the drying process are Roses, Straw Flowers, and Lavender. The latter is especially praised for its long-lasting aroma (up to 2-3 years after drying!). Roses or rose petals will only smell fragrant if from the very beginning it has been a fragrant rose.

However, dried flowers without fragrance can still be a good ingredient to make your own hot pot. Use spices and essential oils along with it.

2. 6 things to know about dried flowers

1. Which flowers are best to dry?

Which flowers are best to dry
Which flowers are best to dry

Any flower can be dried, however, flowers that have a small calyx (also called a "calyx" and are located at the base of the bud under the petal) and hold their petals tightly tend to give better results. Some of the best flowers to dry include:

  • Ageratum

  • Temple

  • Astilbe

  • Baby's breath

  • Thistle

  • Celosia (safflower)

  • Comb flower

  • Fei Yan

  • Gomphrena

  • Faithful

  • hydrangea

  • Lavender

  • Pansies

  • Rose

  • Salvia

  • Sea fly resin

  • Statice

  • Strawberry

  • Yarrow

2. How long do dried flowers last?

With proper care, dried flowers can last an average of a year. However, if the flowers are bleached and dyed, they can last a little longer.

3. How do you take care of dried flowers?

Although they last longer than fresh flowers, dried flowers are much thinner and can become brittle.

To ensure they last longer, you should:

  • Place them upright in a jar with NO water.

  • Display them indoors and away from direct sunlight.

  • Avoid wetting them with water or spraying with perfume.

  • Try not to display them in rooms with high humidity, as this can cause them to cry and turn brown.

  • Avoid repeated crumpling as it may break the flower.

  • Change your dried flowers after a year or when they start to look shabby.

4. How do you clean dried flowers?

No matter how much we try, dried flowers will eventually become a little dust. There are several options to choose from when it comes to cleaning them:

  • Spray compressed air (the type sold for cleaning electronics) on dried flowers to remove dust. The spray comes off quickly, so make sure that the can is not too close to the flower.

  • Use a hair dryer. When using, set it to the lowest speed and "without heat" to avoid damaging the flower.

  • Bushes your dried flowers with fur wipes. This method will work best when the arrangement is more solid.

5. How do you properly store dried flowers?

How do you properly store dried flowers
How do you properly store dried flowers

If not stored properly, dried flowers can quickly deteriorate. Here are some tips to help avoid this:

  • Do not store dried flowers in plastic containers or plastic bags.

  • Choose a box so that the flower is placed horizontally so that the tip of the flower does not stamp or spill to the edge. Minimum force is required to close the barrel and the barrel must be airtight to protect the flower from the agents.

  • Arrange your flowers carefully, face down and horizontally, inside the box. Do not store your flowers unless they have been completely dried and have been treated with chemicals.

  • To store multiple dried flowers in the same box, place white tissue paper or parchment paper in the middle of each layer.

  • If you are storing different types of flowers in non-transparent or windowless containers, then divide the flowers into separate containers and label accordingly. This will make it easier for you to find them later and will leave other stored flowers undisturbed.

  • When storing dried flowers, use cedar crumbs or specially prepared non-toxic repellent formulations to prevent moths or other insects from damaging them.

  • Tightly cover your dried flower storage containers.

  • Store them in rooms other than the basement or attic, the best option is a temperature-controlled room. Long-term exposure to high temperatures and moisture will cause dried flowers to deteriorate faster.

6. Do dried flowers smell?

Dried flowers should have no smell. However, if the flower has not been dried properly, excess moisture can form when the flower is packaged and can cause a foul odor.

Some simple ways to minimize small odors are to arrange your arrangement in a well-ventilated area of your home or event. Some may want to spray perfume on a vase to mask the smell, but this can damage the delicate flowers. Instead, you can put a few drops of essential oil on the lower part of the flower stem, which will be absorbed by the flower and help reduce unwanted odors.

For more information on dried flowers, browse our other SKfleur articles What are the main differences between dried flowers and preserved flowers? and for more information on preserved flowers, browse the Guide to Preserved Flowers.

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