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How Long Do Dried Flowers Last?

A bundle of dried pink and red roses tied with twine.

If you have a special bouquet you want to preserve or a bundle of pretty summer flowers you would like to dry, you might be curious; how long do dried flowers last, and is it even worth the effort? I can tell you from experience that preserving floral arrangements isn’t tricky, is loads of fun, and will last far longer than any fresh bouquet! This article will take you through all the tips and tricks to keep your dried flower displays looking their very best for as long as possible.

If you want to preserve the timeless beauty of your displays of dry flowers, this article is tailored just for you. You already know how to dry flowers, or you already have some dried flowers, so we’ll dive right into tips for making them last. We’ll delve into some simple yet effective techniques to keep your dried blooms looking their best with minimal effort. So, let’s dive in and discover how you can effortlessly prolong the lifespan of your cherished dried floral arrangements with a few simple tricks.

How to Care for Dried Flowers To Make Them Last

Dried flowers are easy to care for and only require a few precautionary measures to ensure they last as long as possible. By following the tips below, you should be able to get your dried flowers to last 2 to 3 years!

Keep Away From Moisture

Excess moisture is the enemy of all dried arrangements. High humidity can cause the dried flowers to rehydrate, mold, and rot.

If you want to keep your preserved flowers looking their best, avoid displaying them when the humidity is high or in areas where they will be in contact with moisture (like a window).

A rose branch filled with dried yellow roses.A rose branch filled with dried yellow roses.

Keep Away From Direct Heat Sources

Direct heat sources will dry the preserved flowers to a point where they turn brown, become brittle, and deteriorate quickly.

You will want to keep your dried flowers away from heat vents and direct heat sources like fireplaces or a kitchen stove.

A bouquet of dried flowers in an antique enamelled pot.A bouquet of dried flowers in an antique enamelled pot.

Keep Away from Bright, Direct Sunlight to Reduce Fading

Bright direct sunlight will affect your dried arrangements similarly to direct heat sources. The flowers will continue to dry, burn, and break down quickly.

Direct sunlight will also fade the flowers, turning brown and sienna.

To avoid rapid deterioration of your flowers, keep them away from bright windows and direct sunlight.

Dried pink flowers against a bright white background. Dried pink flowers against a bright white background.

Keep Dust From Accumulating

Dust will make your bouquets look shabby! Once dust sticks, it is challenging to get the dust off without damaging the delicate flowers.

You can use a very light feather duster to remove the dust or a can of compressed air, but you need to be careful as the air stream can be pretty powerful and may damage your arrangements if you are too close.

A large display of dried flowers in pinks, corals, peaches and purples. A large display of dried flowers in pinks, corals, peaches and purples.

Store in Storage Boxes or Clear Glass Display Cases

If you have special flowers like a wedding bouquet, fancy roses, or sentimental arrangements to last as long as possible, you should consider box storage.

Storing preserved florals in a box in a cool, dark place can help provide an extended shelf life beyond a year. In addition, storage will help keep the flowers away from elements like heat, light, and moisture and free from dust.

Dried and preserved blooms can also be stored on display in a glass box showcase to protect the dried florals from moisture and dust, but you will still need to be mindful of direct sunlight and heat.

Blooms sealed in silica gel held up against a bright light blue background. Blooms sealed in silica gel held up against a bright light blue background.

Occasional Spritzing With Water

Occasional spritzing with water helps to rejuvenate dried flowers by adding moisture. When flowers are dried, they lose their natural moisture content, causing them to become brittle and prone to breakage. Spritzing with water helps to rehydrate the petals, stems, and foliage temporarily, making them more flexible and less likely to crumble or break apart.

Additionally, the moisture from the water can help to enhance the appearance of dried flowers by restoring some of their natural color and vibrancy. This can be particularly beneficial for dried flowers that have become dull or faded.

However, it’s essential not to over-saturate the dried flowers, as excessive moisture can lead to mold or mildew growth. Therefore, occasional and light spritzing is recommended to maintain the integrity and longevity of dried flower displays.

Expert Tips

  1. Choose the Right Flowers: Select flowers with sturdy petals and stems that are less prone to breakage during drying. Flowers like roses, lavender, baby’s breath, and statice are excellent choices for long-term displays.
  2. Handle with Care: Handle dried arrangements gently to avoid breakage. Support delicate stems and petals to prevent damage when arranging or moving displays.
  3. Regular Dusting: Dust dried arrangements are displayed regularly using a soft brush or a gentle blast of compressed air. This helps remove dirt and debris accumulating over time, keeping the display looking fresh.
  4. Occasional Spritzing with Water: Lightly mist dried arrangements with water occasionally to add moisture and rejuvenate them. This helps to prevent the flowers from becoming too brittle and can revive their appearance.
  5. Avoid Direct Sunlight and Humidity: Keep dried displays away from direct sunlight and high-humidity environments, as these conditions can cause fading, mold growth, and deterioration.
  6. Proper Storage: Store dried arrangements in a cool, dry place away from moisture and sunlight. Use airtight containers or boxes lined with tissue paper to protect the flowers from dust and pests.
  7. Revitalize as Needed: If dried arrangements start to lose their color or become brittle, consider revitalizing them with a gentle steam treatment or lightly spraying them with a floral preserving spray.
  8. Rotate and Refresh Displays: Rotate dried arrangements periodically to ensure even exposure to light and air. Refresh displays by adding or rearranging new elements to keep them visually appealing.

By following these expert tips, you can maximize the lifespan of your dried displays and enjoy their beauty for months or even years to come.

FAQ

Do dried flowers ever expire?

While dried flowers do not have a specific expiration date, they can eventually fade or deteriorate over time. Proper care and maintenance can extend their lifespan.

What factors affect the longevity of dried flowers?

Factors such as humidity levels, exposure to sunlight, handling, and storage conditions can all impact how long dried flowers last.

Do dried flowers lose their scent over time?

Yes, dried flowers may gradually lose their scent over time as the natural oils in the petals evaporate. However, some varieties, like lavender, may retain their fragrance longer than others.

Can I revive dried flowers that have started to fade?

Yes, dried flowers that have started to fade can often be revived with gentle steam treatments or lightly spraying them with a floral preserving spray.

How long do dried flowers last?

if you follow the tips given in this article, your dried flowers could last up to 3 years!

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How long your dried flowers last mostly depends on how well you take care of them. Following the tips mentioned in this article—like keeping them away from sunlight, avoiding too much moisture, and handling them gently—can really help make them last longer. Now that you know how to extend their life, you can use your well-maintained dried flowers to decorate your home, create stunning crafts, or even give them as thoughtful gifts to friends and family, adding a touch of natural beauty to any occasion!

Author: Laura Kennedy

Writer & Owner of Little Yellow Wheelbarrow

Laura is a highly skilled gardener and fervent flower enthusiast. Despite her playful battle with plant spacing guidelines, Laura’s work inspires gardeners to create thriving, beautiful spaces that reflect both creativity and sustainability.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 24, 2022. It was updated on February 27, 2024 to improve reader experience and add table of contents, expert tips, and frequently asked questions.