What are Preserved Flowers and Foliages?
In the flower industry, it is no surprise that preserved flowers and foliages have gained immense popularity over the years.
This innovation is taking the industry by storm and there are a few reasons for that.
Understanding how preserved flowers and foliages can open up endless opportunities to create the most unique arrangements for your clients.
In this ultimate guide, we will give you a full understand of our passion for preserved flowers and foliages.
What are preserved flowers and foliages?
Preserved flowers and foliages are natural flowers and foliage that have been treated with a special preservation technique.
This process is designed to maintain the natural beauty and softness of the plants while extending their lifespan.
The preservation process involves using various natural substances such as plant-based glycerine, food dyes, and water to replace the water in the cells of the plants.
The plants are then left to soak in a solution for several days to allow them to absorb the preservation solution completely.
Unlike dried flowers, preserved flowers retain their vibrant colors, soft textures, and natural appearance, closely resembling freshly picked flowers.
This meticulous process can take up to several weeks, depending on the type and size of the flower.
Preservation Process of Preserved Flowers
The complex process of preserved flowers can be outlined in the following steps
1. The fresh flowers are first harvested at their peak bloom from our farms. Our team inspects batches of flowers and carefully chooses the best-quality heads.
2. During the process, the natural sap within the flower gradually drains out and is replaced by the preservation fluid. As a result of this process, the flowers lose their colour leaving the petals completely transparent.
3. They undergo a different process of dying and colouring, giving them that famous vibrant glow.
4. After this, the flowers are left to dry in a controlled environment.
5. Lastly, the best quality roses are chosen to make our unique creations.
After this process, our customers use the preserved flowers and foliages to create beautiful arrangements that can last for up to several years with little to no maintenance required.
They don't need water or sunlight, making them an ideal decoration for any setting.
How long do preserved flowers and foliages last?
Preserved flowers and foliages can last from several months up to years, depending on the preservation techniques used and the environment in which they are placed.
To maintain their beauty, it is important to keep them away from direct sunlight, humidity, and extreme temperatures.
How to use preserved flowers and foliages in floral arrangements?
Preserved flowers and foliages can be incorporated into a wide range of floral arrangements, including bouquets, wreaths, centrepieces, and wall decorations.
They offer flexibility to floral designs due to their suppleness which allows them to be easily manipulated and arranged in different designs.
Popular preserved flowers include roses, hydrangeas, and peonies, while preserved eucalyptus, ferns, and mosses are popular foliages.
Do preserved flowers and foliages have different names in the industry?
Indeed, preserved flowers and foliages are referred to by different names in various countries.
In the United States and United Kingdom, they're often called 'everlasting flowers' of 'eternal flowers' due to their ability to retain their beauty for an extended period.
In countries like Japan and South Korea, these are commonly known as 'shizen nyoubou', which literally translates to 'natural eternal flowers'.
In France, they're often referred to as 'flowers of eternity,' while Spanish-speaking countries use 'flores eternas,' meaning eternal flowers.
Other names you could come across in the industry are infinity roses or forever roses.
Despite the different terminologies, the essence of these names signifies the enduring beauty of these preserved plants.
Preserved flowers and foliages are a valuable addition to the floral industry, offering numerous benefits over traditional fresh flowers.
Understanding the preservation process, the lifespan, and the advantages of preserved flowers and foliages can help florists in creating beautiful, long-lasting arrangements that are also eco-friendly.
As you venture into the world of preserved flowers and foliages, experiment with different floral arrangements, and let your creativity blossom!