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Flower 101

The Ultimate Guide: Caring for Your Preserved Flowers

07 Jun 2021

Comprehensive Guide to Preserved Flower Care

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Introduction

Preserved flowers bring timeless beauty to any setting, combining the allure of fresh blooms with the longevity of artificial arrangements. These are generally preferred by a lot of home decor enthusiasts, as well as an alternative to fresh flowers, due to the lasting arrangements. This guide offers detailed insights into caring for various preserved flower arrangements, tailored to ensure lasting brilliance no matter where you are.

It feels great to see the flowers you have some time ago looking as beautiful as they did the day you got them? Even with the least maintenance, the beauty and colour are just as they were the first day - they have yet to wither and are still part of your beautiful home decoration. Whether they are roses, hydrangeas, gardenias or other types of flowers, these type of flowers can last for up to years! Yes, these long-lasting beauties are known as preserved flowers, and they are real flowers!

Basic Preserved Flowers Care Tips - Zero Maintenance Flowers

Preserved Flower Dome and Bouquet
  • Climate Control: Store in cool, dry places with little fluctuation in temperature or humidity. Do not keep your preserved flowers in humid places or environments. In coastal or rainy areas where humidity is very high, keep them away from places where air enters or where there are ventilation grilles. Instead, keep them in cool and dry environment. Remember - water is not their friend!
  • Light Exposure: Avoid direct sunlight to prevent fading; soft, indirect light is preferable to keep the colors vibrant. To keep your preserved flowers from discolouring, avoid placing them under direct sunlight. Also, dust them every now and then with a tissue or a hairdryer and take care not to damage their delicate petals!
  • Delicate Handling: While they are preserved, these are still real flowers that we are handling, thus handle your flowers gently by the stem, supporting them from the base to avoid damage. Do not press, bend or squash the petals or stems. They're delicate and can be easily damaged! Preservation makes it possible to have all kinds of highly ornamental interior decoration. But don’t forget that preserved flowers are still natural plants, just that they've undergone a preservation process so that they can maintain their beauty without needing maintenance. So when you take care of these beauties, remember: they're treated flowers and they're not alive, even if they look like they are!

Additional Specific Styling and Care for Different Arrangements 

Preserved flowers come in different arrangements - in domes, as bouquets, in vases, in bloom boxes and more! Preserved flowers are starting to become more and more popular these days because with minimal care, you can enjoy them for many months or even years! They might even last up to three years with proper care! These indoor flowers do not need water, fertiliser or sunlight, which is perfect for the busy you.

However, since preserved flowers are fresh flowers that were picked when at bloom and preserved in their best state, they're actually still as fragile as fresh flowers. Hence, there are things you can do to make sure these beauties last for as long as they can. So, let's look at some tips on caring for your preserved flowers!

Bouquet Arrangements

 

  • Handling Tips: Lift collectively of the entire arrangement to prevent breakage
  • Display Advice: If received in a bouquet that uses floral foam, the entire arrangement can be transferred into a vase without disrupting the look. This maintains the design integrity and simplifies the display process.
  • Arrange them in vase: While we do have our bouquets arranged with wrapper for gifting aesthetics reason, they are usually best when transferred into a vase to be display at home or office.

Vase Arrangements

Preserved Flower Arrangement
  • Water-Free Care: Do not add water; keep the floral foam dry if they are used used.
  • Styling: Do change them out into nice vases, to refresh your display aesthetics

Dome/Box Arrangements

Miryoku Blooms - Lavender - Flower - Preserved Flowers & Fresh Flower Florist Gift Store

  • Optimal Environment: Maintain consistent environmental conditions; avoid places with frequent temperature and humidity changes.
  • Cleaning Procedures: Use anti-static cleaners on glass or acrylic to keep them clear and dust-free.
  • Zero Maintenance: Preserved flowers in domes or boxes are designed for zero maintenance, offering beauty that lasts without the need for watering or active upkeep.

Cleaning and Maintenance

  • Advanced Dusting: Use a soft, fine-bristled brush for gentle dusting, preserving the integrity of the petals and leaves.
  • Maintenance Tips: While these flowers are low-maintenance, occasional dusting and avoiding direct sunlight can help extend their vibrancy and life.

Preserved Flowers in Singapore Context

  • Local Conditions: Singapore’s high humidity and warm climate pose specific challenges for preserved flower care. Using dehumidifiers and air conditioning can help create a more suitable environment for these delicate arrangements.
  • Popular Trends: In Singapore, preserved flowers are often used in elaborate home decorations, gifts, and even wedding bouquets, reflecting local preferences for long-lasting, maintenance-free floral displays.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Can preserved flowers last forever?
    • A: While not forever, they can last years for some with proper care, outlasting fresh blooms significantly. It depends very much on environment, and the season.
  • Q: How do I know if my preserved flowers are deteriorating?
    • A: Look for signs like excessive brittleness, color fading, or shedding petals, which indicate it’s time for a replacement.
  • Q: Are the flowers all real?
    • A: Most of the flowers are fully preserved, however, there are some specific flowers that are pieces together by hand to provide a more realistic look
    • Some preserved flowers are expertly crafted by preserving individual parts separately and then assembling them into a single, natural-looking flower. This method allows for enhanced detail and a more vibrant, lifelike appearance, which is especially beneficial for complex floral species.
  • Q: What about the stems of the flowers?
    • Real Stems: We do have some flower arrangements that are dried and preserved as a whole, while some specific flower types are preserved only on the flower bud.
    • Stem Modifications: Many preserved flower arrangements feature artificial stems, while some high-end options maintain the natural stems, which are also preserved to enhance realism and durability. These arrangements are typically more costly but offer a remarkably authentic appearance.
    • Color Transfer Issues: Particularly in humid environments, colors from darker flowers can transfer to lighter ones. This effect, while normal, can be minimized by strategically placing flowers to avoid direct contact between different colors.
  • Q: How are the flowers preserved?
    • Preservation Process: By replacing the natural fluids of fresh flowers with a mix of glycerin and other plant-based substances, preserved flowers retain their freshness and suppleness for years, unlike their fresh counterparts.
    • Benefits: Offering the visual splendor of fresh blooms without the upkeep, preserved flowers are ideal for enhancing indoor environments as they do not require water, sunlight, or constant care. They are also great for those with allergies as they do not produce pollen.
  • Q: What should I do if the flowers start to become crispy or brittle?

    A: Crispiness can occur with age. Handle these flowers gently, as the petals can still fall off but it’s a normal part of the aging process.
  • Q: How do I deal with dust accumulation?

    A: Lightly dusting the flowers periodically is recommended. For heavier dust, gently turn the arrangement upside down and dust using a soft brush.
  • Q: What if I notice mold on my preserved flowers?

    A: Mold can develop due to excessive humidity. If you notice mold, it's usually best to discard the affected parts or the whole arrangement as it indicates significant moisture exposure.

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