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Differences Between Dried Flowers and Preserved Flowers

11 Mar 2023

Differences Between Dried Flowers and Preserved Flowers

More often than not, people lump dried flowers and preserved flowers together. While it is understandable since both have undergone a similar process (drying/preserving), there are actually significant differences between the two. We will look closely at the two in this blog post.

Dried flowers are pretty much what they sound like – flowers that have been dried out. The water inside the flower’s cells is removed, and this causes the flower to shrivel up and become dry. There are a few ways to dry flowers, but the most common method is air-drying, which simply involves hanging the flowers upside down in a cool, dark, and dry place.

Preserved flowers, on the other hand, are flowers that have been treated with chemicals to prevent them from rotting. The most common method of preserving flowers is by using glycerin, but you can also use silica gel, borax, or even air-drying (although this isn’t as effective).


What are the main differences between dried flowers and preserved flowers?

Dried flowers will last for a few months to a year, while preserved flowers can last for years. This is because the glycerin used to preserve flowers actually replaces the water in the flower’s cells, which prevents the flower from drying out. Dried flowers are more fragile than preserved flowers since they have no water in their cells. This means that they are more likely to break or crumble when touched. Preserved flowers, on the other hand, are still quite pliable since they still contain water in their cells.


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The color of dried flowers will fade over time, while the color of preserved flowers will stay the same. This is because the glycerin used to preserve flowers actually helps to keep the color pigments in the flowers from fading.

Dried flowers are best used for decorations or as part of a bouquet, while preserved flowers can be used for both decorative and functional purposes. For example, preserved roses can be used in potpourri or even as perfume ingredients. 

How to work with preserved and dry flowers together in one arrangement



Now that you know the main differences between dried flowers and preserved flowers, you might be wondering how you can use both in one arrangement. Here are a few ideas:

  • Create a monochromatic arrangement using all preserved or all dried flowers in different shades of the same color.
  • Use a mix of both fresh and dried flowers for a rustic look.
  • For a modern twist, use all-white preserved flowers with some pops of color from dried ones.
  • If you want a vintage look, use all dried flowers in shades of burgundy, cream, and peach.

So, there you have it – the main differences between dried flowers and preserved flowers. We hope this has helped you understand the two better and inspired you to create your own mixed arrangements.

Uses of Dried & Preserved Flowers

Flowers that have been dried can be used in many ways. It can be integrated in different arts and crafts. Dried flowers can also be used as decoration on top of vases, bowls, and platters. Preserved Flowers on the other hand are often used for floral arrangements and bouquets because they maintain their color and shape for a much longer time. The most common type of preserved flower is the pressed flower. Pressed flowers are often used in scrapbooks, greeting cards, and framed artwork.



There are endless possibilities of utilising both dried and preserved flowers. It really depends on your imagination! If you are looking for a more permanent solution, then preserved flowers are the way to go. However, if you are looking for something that is more affordable and can be used in a variety of ways, then dried flowers are the better option.

No matter what type of flowers you choose, it is important to make sure that they are stored properly. Dried flowers should be stored in an airtight container and away from direct sunlight. Preserved flowers need to be kept out of direct sunlight as well, and should also not be exposed to extreme heat or humidity for long periods of time. With proper care and maintenance, both dried and preserved flowers can make lovely decorations for your home or special occasions.

So whether you are looking for a more permanent solution or just want to enjoy the beauty of dried & preserved flowers for a short period of time, there's sure to be something out there that suits your needs. If you're looking to add some long lasting beauty to your home or special occasion, consider adding dried & preserved flowers into the mix! Not only will they add an air of elegance and beauty to your space, but they'll create memories that last a lifetime.

Whichever flower you decide on, it's important to give it the proper care and attention so that it will stay fresh and beautiful for a long time. Have fun picking out all the different types of flowers!


Ana Hana

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