How long do Dried Flowers last?

Dried flowers are everywhere lately, they are popping up all over our socials and search engines. We are seeing more dried blooms in people’s homes, offices and  at weddings than ever before - and there’s a good reason why!

Dried flowers are a great investment and are very sustainable compared to fresh flowers. They are very accessible from online stores, flower markets and local florists.

You may be wondering, why would I want to spend a few hundred dollars on flowers that won’t last? But, they do.

How Long do Dried Flowers Last?

When looked after properly, dried flowers last for years. They have a lifespan of at least 1 year and if the flowers have been preserved in glycerin or dyed, they can last for up to 5 or 6 years. Keeping your flowers out of humidity and direct sunlight will ensure they last.

Dried florals are a great alternative over fresh flowers that only last for a week or 10 days at the most. They can look as beautiful or even better than fresh blooms that cost you at least $30 for a decent bunch.

Although they may be more expensive than fresh flowers, you don’t have to sit there, watching them wilt and worrying about changing over the smelly water or trimming the stems in the hopes that they will last a few more days.

Perhaps you are usually one who purchases fresh flowers every week, only to watch them slowly wilt and have to be thrown away. The dollars and up and so does the gardening bin or compost. So why not make the switch to dried flowers and not have to worry about them. They are on trend and are eco-friendly. Now they’re some flowers I’d want to invest in.

Today, we’ll be answering these common questions about dried florals:

  • How long do preserved and dried flowers last?
  • How do I care for dried flowers?
  • Do dried flowers go mouldy?
  • Do dried flowers keep their colour?

How long do Dried Flowers last?

Although preserved and dried blooms last a long time, they don't last forever. Dried botanicals are a sustainable and affordable option for your home, workplace or wedding.

They have an extended shelf life and don’t require disposing of every week as fresh flowers do. The conditions in which your dried and preserved flowers are stored in will determine their lifespan, but as a general guide, dried flowers can last for many years.

Preserved flowers tend to have a longer lifespan as they have been preserved and set in glycerin and may have been dyed.

As long as they are cared for properly, you should get at least 1-2 years out of your dried foliage and flowers.

How do I care for Dried Flowers?

One of our favourite things about dried blooms is they are super low maintenance. You don’t have to worry about changing the water and cutting the stems of the flowers (don’t even get me started on keeping house plants alive).

Our top tips for keeping your blooms looking as good as the day you got them:

  1. Do not water them as they don't need it.
  2. Handle your flowers with care as they are quite delicate and are prone to shedding.
  3. Keep them out of direct sunlight, humidity and wind.
  4. Keep them free from dust (lightly blow with a hairdryer on cool and low).

Do Dried Flowers go mouldy?

Unfortunately, yes, they can. Your dried flowers can go mouldy if you store them incorrectly. Whilst they are very low maintenance, they can go mouldy if you expose them to moist and humid environments.

We know that you may want to cover your house in dried flower arrangements (we do), but we strongly recommend keeping them out of those areas that are prone to humidity.

These are places such as your bathroom or on your windowsill in the middle of winter (this is usually when your windows are covered in condensation). If you are keen to decorate your bathroom with dried blooms, keep in mind that they may eventually go mouldy or start to wilt as they cannot handle the amount of humidity and condensation (we’ve tried it).

Do Dried Flowers lose their colour?

If stored in your home correctly, your dried flowers should not lose their colour for a very long time. Follow our how to care for dried flowers guide to ensure your flowers stand the test of time.

After a few years, if the flowers haven’t been dyed, the colour will start to fade. If your flowers are looking a little sad, let us know and we can freshen them up for you and replace some sad looking stems, with beautiful, bright ones.

We have experimented with this by placing a bunch of preserved florals on a windowsill that gets direct sunlight on it for most of the day. We found that the flowers started to fade relatively quickly, and almost turn into a paper like texture. So be mindful of where your flowers are stored in the home.

All in all, dried florals are a great investment. They are the affordable and sustainable choice over fresh flowers that don’t last for longer than 7-10 days. You may pay double the price of a bunch of fresh blooms, but they look incredible. And did we mention that they will last you for years?!

Have we convinced you to purchase some dried flowers for yourself or as a gift? We have a great range that is constantly being updated.

Or we can create you a custom dried flower arrangement to suit your colour palette and home perfectly.