Embracing Sustainability With Dried Flowers

Posted by Kayla Neary on June 04 2019

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Dried flowers are making a statement this event season, and we're loving it! They add a beautiful touch of texture to any design and, in the era of sustainability, are a wonderful way to preserve flowers.         

From bouquets to pressed flowers, more customers are seeking out this look for their everyday flower, wedding, and event requests. Drying flowers creates a perfect keepsake for them to remember their special day and can also be beneficial for you! Have extra stems leftover from working a big event? Drying is a great alternative to discarding them. There are many ways to dry out and design dried flowers, but the "best" method depends on your preference and timing. Consider using these tips & tricks next time you're approached with a dried flower request.

Best method for drying flowers?

Hanging

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The most traditional and earliest-known method of drying flowers is by simply hanging them. First, remove all leaves and tie the stems together in small bunches. Use rubber bands or soft string since they will move with the drying flowers without damaging the stems. Next, hang your bunches (stems up) in a cool, dry, dark place. Depending on your flower choice and environment, expect one to four weeks to achieve complete dryness. Hanging takes a bit more time, but it's the best way to preserve long stems when creating a large vase arrangement. 

Suggest the hanging method to your clients if they're looking to keep fresh flowers long after their special event. It's super-easy... anyone can do it!

Silica Gel

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You know those little packets labeled "do not eat" that seem to be included with every new item you buy? That's silica gel, a crystal like substance that helps remove moisture so that your new product remains dry during storage and shipping. You can find silica gel at any local craft store. Did you know that, when used in tandem with a microwave, silica gel can help quickly dry out flowers for preservation?

The microwaves preserve the flower color and structure better than other techniques (especially with larger-headed flowers like roses). Start by covering your flowers with the silica gel in a microwave-safe container for about 2-4 minutes. Be sure to use enough silica gel to completely cover the flowers. Check the flowers periodically and adjust heating time as needed. TIP: Most silica gels turn blue once moisture is absorbed. Use this as an indicator of when to remove your flowers from the microwave. Immediately cover your container once removed from the microwave and keep covered for at least 24 hours.  

Pressed

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Pressing flowers is an old-world preservation technique, and also one of the simplest. Start by lining a heavy book with paper (preferably one that will soak up moisture) and place your flowers flat. Close the book, making sure the flowers stay flat, and leave closed for about a week. Pressing flowers works best with individual stems and smaller heads. 

No matter the method or design choice you choose, be sure to always keep dried flowers out of direct sunlight to help preserve their colors. 

Design trends

Arrangements & Bouquets 

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Beautiful dried flowers in arrangements and bouquets has become a favorite in the last decade. Whether incorporated with fresh blooms and greenery or completely on their own, dried flowers add a unique and textural element to any center piece or bridal bouquet.

Re-usable Decor

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Dried flowers make the perfect accent decor for any event. Use single stems or small bunches on gift or food tables to help tie in an overall theme or color. 

Pressed flowers are not only a great way to dry flowers, it's a fun way to display them! Place them in a picture frame or shadow box and you have an easy piece of art. This trend is ideal for your eco-friendly customers. They'll not only be able to keep the flowers but display them in their homes.

Have you hopped on the dried flower trend? Share your work with us on Facebook & Instagram!

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Posted by Kayla Neary

Kayla Neary is the Marketing Coordinator for Kennicott Brothers. She holds a Bachelors degree in Communications from The University of Alabama and has previous experience as a retail florist.

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