How to Dry Flowers and Plants: The Ultimate Guide

Drying flowers and plants is an excellent method to extend their decorativeness. Check out the different methods of drying flowers, plants, herbs, and grasses recommended by florists.

How to Dry Flowers and Plants: The Ultimate Guide


Drying flowers and plants is the simplest and cheapest method of obtaining dry decorative materials. Drying plants involves removing water from their tissues until they are completely dry. There are a lot of different methods to dry whole plants and their parts: flower petals, flower head, leaves, stems, inflorescences, and even roots. For drying to go smoothly, we need to take into account several aspects, such as:

  • Species: Not all flowers and plants tolerate drying well. An example can be commonly known bulb plants, such as tulip or narcissus. These delicate flowers contain large amounts of water in their tissues, which promotes rotting when the bulb flowers are dried.
  • Air temperature: Drying flowers must be carried out at a lower temperature because the plants become brittle and fall apart. The optimum temperature for drying plants is 40 degrees Celsius.
  • Air humidity: Too high air humidity prolongs the time to dry flowers. In turn, it promotes rotting and mold formation on dried plants' tissues, which consequently lose their decorative value.
  • The number of dried plants: The fewer flowers and plants in a given room, the easier it is to dry them. The same applies to drying flowers and plants using the bundle method: the fewer flowers and plants in a dried bunch, the faster the drying process will be.
  • Sunlight: The intensity of the dyes that determine the color of the garden plants we dry depends on the sun's influence. After being kept in bright rooms, dried flowers and plants have a natural, not faded, greenish color. In the dark, the chlorophyll found in dried flowers and plants does not break down as quickly as in the light.
Drying plants in the sunlight
Improper full-light drying causes loss of plant color.

Top methods for drying flowers and plants: an overview

There are various techniques available for drying flowers and plants, each with its own set of advantages and considerations. Selecting the best method depends on factors such as the type of flower, the desired final appearance, and the available resources. This section provides an overview of the most popular drying methods, which will be explained in greater detail in the following sections.

  1. Air drying: A traditional and straightforward method, air drying involves hanging flowers upside down in a well-ventilated area. This technique is ideal for preserving the natural shape and color of flowers and is best suited for sturdy flowers with low moisture content.
  2. Herbarium method: Pressing flowers and plants in a book, or between layers of absorbent paper, removes moisture and flattens the specimens. This technique is perfect for creating artistic displays or crafting projects.
  3. Flower press: Similar to the herbarium method, this technique uses a dedicated flower press to flatten and dry flowers. It offers more control over the pressure applied and generally yields more consistent results.
  4. Upright position: By drying flowers in a vertical position, this method helps preserve their shape and structure. It works best for flowers with strong stems and may require the use of a support, such as a vase or a rack.
  5. Net drying: This technique uses a net or mesh to suspend flowers and plants, allowing air to circulate freely around them. It's ideal for delicate flowers and foliage, as it minimizes contact with surfaces and reduces the risk of damage.
  6. Hygroscopic method: Using silica gel or other absorbent materials, this method extracts moisture quickly and effectively, making it suitable for drying flowers with high water content. The hygroscopic method helps preserve colors and shapes more accurately than other techniques.
  7. Microwave method: A fast and convenient option, the microwave method uses a microwave oven to remove moisture from flowers. It works well for small batches of flowers and can be done with or without the use of silica gel.

Each of these methods has its unique benefits and applications, so take the time to explore them and choose the one that best suits your needs. In the next section, we will dive into the step-by-step process for each drying technique.

Step-by-step guide to drying techniques

Drying flowers and plants for solid floral compositions is the most popular method of preparing them. You can dry flowers and plants using several methods.

Air drying: The traditional technique

Drying herbs with air-drying method
Air drying is also very often used for drying herbs with the desired length.

Air drying is a time-honored and straightforward method for preserving flowers and plants. It works best with flowers that have a low moisture content and sturdy stems. The process is easy to follow and requires minimal equipment. Here's a step-by-step guide to air drying your flowers, ensuring they maintain their beauty and charm:

  1. Select the ideal flowers: Choose flowers that are at their peak or just before full bloom. Some perfect candidates for air drying include roses, lavender, hydrangeas, and baby's breath. Avoid flowers with high moisture content, such as tulips and lilies, as they may not dry well using this method.
  2. Prepare your flowers: Gently remove any damaged petals or leaves. If desired, trim the stems to your preferred length, leaving enough length for easy hanging. Be sure to remove any leaves that would be below the tie point, as they can promote mold growth during the drying process.
  3. Create small bundles: Organize the flowers in small bundles of 4-6 stems, depending on stem thickness. Too many stems in a bundle can hinder air circulation and slow down the drying process.
  4. Secure the stems: Use a rubber band, twine, or string to firmly tie the stems together. Ensure the tie is tight, as the stems will shrink as they dry, and you don't want the flowers to fall out of the bundle.
  5. Suspend flowers upside down: Locate a dry, dark, and well-ventilated space, such as a closet, attic, or garage, to hang your flowers. Darkness helps preserve the colors of the flowers, while good air circulation promotes even drying. Attach a hook, clothes hanger, or string to your chosen location, and hang the flowers upside down, making sure there's enough space between the bundles for air to circulate freely.
  6. Allow flowers to dry: Let the flowers dry for two to four weeks, depending on the humidity and temperature of your drying area. Regularly check the flowers for any signs of mold or mildew and discard any affected flowers.
  7. Remove and store your dried flowers: Once the flowers are entirely dry, carefully remove them from their hanging position. You can now use the dried flowers for various purposes, such as crafting wreaths, arrangements, or potpourri. Store any unused dried flowers in a dark, dry place away from direct sunlight to prevent fading and damage.

Air drying is an affordable and accessible method for preserving flowers, allowing you to appreciate their beauty long after their natural lifespan. Keep in mind that some flowers may lose a bit of color or become more fragile after air drying, so handle them with care and consider using a protective spray for added durability.

Drying lavender sprigs
Drying lavender sprigs is often carried out using an air-drying method.

Herbarium method: Drying flowers and plants in a book

Drying flowers and plants in a book - herbarium method

The herbarium method involves pressing flowers and plants in a book or between layers of absorbent paper to remove moisture and flatten the specimens. This technique is excellent for creating artistic displays, crafting projects, or making personalized gifts. Follow these steps to press your flowers and plants using the herbarium method:

  1. Select suitable flowers and plants: Choose flowers and plants that are free from blemishes and have a relatively flat structure. Flowers with less moisture content work best, as they dry quicker and retain their color better. Ideal candidates include pansies, violas, daisies, and ferns.
  2. Harvest at the right time: Collect flowers and plants early in the day, after the morning dew has evaporated. Pick specimens that are at their peak or just before full bloom for the best results.
  3. Prepare your flowers and plants: Gently remove any dirt or insects from the flowers and plants. Trim the stems and remove any unwanted foliage. Ensure the specimens are completely dry before pressing.
  4. Choose your pressing materials: Select a heavy book with absorbent pages, such as a telephone directory or an old dictionary. Alternatively, you can use layers of blotting paper, parchment paper, or unprinted newsprint. Avoid using paper with ink, as it may transfer onto the flowers and plants during the pressing process.
  5. Arrange the flowers and plants: Carefully place the flowers and plants between the pages of your chosen book or layers of absorbent paper. Ensure they are evenly spaced and not overlapping, as this may cause uneven drying or distortion. You can use a piece of wax paper between the specimen and the book's pages to prevent any color transfer or sticking.
  6. Press and dry the specimens: Close the book or stack additional layers of absorbent paper, and place it in a dry, cool location. To apply more pressure and ensure even drying, place a heavy object, such as a stack of books or a weight, on top of the pressing materials.
  7. Check the drying process: Carefully open the book or layers of absorbent paper after about one week to check the progress. If the flowers and plants are not completely dry, replace the absorbent paper with fresh sheets, and continue pressing for another week. Depending on the type of flower or plant and the environmental conditions, the drying process may take two to four weeks.
  8. Remove and store your pressed flowers and plants: Once your specimens are completely dry and flat, carefully remove them from the pressing materials. You can now use the pressed flowers and plants for various creative projects, such as framed art, greeting cards, or bookmarks. Store any unused pressed specimens in a dry, dark place, preferably in a sealed container, to prevent fading and damage.
Drying flowers and plants in a book

The herbarium method allows you to create beautiful and unique art pieces while preserving the natural beauty of flowers and plants. Experiment with different flower types, arrangements, and crafts to showcase your pressed specimens in a variety of ways.

Flower press method: Achieving perfectly flat and well-preserved specimens

Flower press
To press flowers effectively and quickly, it is enough to use a flower press.

The flower press method is a popular technique for drying and preserving flowers and plants, especially when you desire perfectly flat and well-preserved specimens for various crafts and decorative purposes. Flower presses are specifically designed to evenly apply pressure and remove moisture from flowers and plants, resulting in better preservation than other methods. Follow these steps to use a flower press effectively:

  1. Select suitable flowers and plants: Opt for flowers and plants with less moisture content and relatively flat structures for the best results. Some ideal candidates include violets, forget-me-nots, ferns, and baby's breath.
  2. Harvest at the optimal time: Pick flowers and plants in the morning after the dew has evaporated, and choose specimens that are at their peak or just before full bloom to retain their color and shape.
  3. Prepare your flowers and plants: Gently clean the flowers and plants, removing any dirt or insects. Trim the stems and remove any unwanted foliage. Make sure the specimens are completely dry before pressing.
  4. Choose a flower press: Purchase or create a flower press that consists of two wooden boards and adjustable straps or bolts to apply pressure. The press should also include layers of absorbent material, such as cardboard or blotting paper, to wick moisture away from the flowers and plants.
  5. Arrange the flowers and plants: Carefully place the flowers and plants between the layers of absorbent material in the flower press, ensuring they are evenly spaced and not overlapping to avoid distortion. Use a piece of wax or parchment paper between the specimen and the absorbent material to prevent sticking.
  6. Tighten the press and dry the specimens: Assemble the flower press and tighten the straps or bolts to apply even pressure on the flowers and plants. Place the press in a dry, cool location to allow the drying process to occur.
  7. Monitor the drying process: After about one week, carefully open the flower press to check the progress. If the flowers and plants are not completely dry, close the press and continue drying for another week or until the specimens are fully dried. The drying process may take two to four weeks, depending on the type of flower or plant and environmental conditions.
  8. Remove and store your pressed flowers and plants: Once your specimens are entirely dry and flat, carefully remove them from the flower press. You can now use the pressed flowers and plants for various creative projects, such as scrapbooking, resin jewelry, or table decorations. Store any unused pressed specimens in a dry, dark place, preferably in a sealed container, to prevent fading and damage.

Flowers and plants ideally suited for using flower press method are:

  • Rose (Rosa)
  • Daisy (Asteraceae)
  • Marigold (Tagetes)
  • Baby's breath (Gypsophila paniculata)
  • Lavender (Lavandula)
  • Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum)
  • Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)
  • Zinnia (Zinnia elegans)
  • Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus)
  • Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus)
  • Pansy (Viola tricolor)
  • Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)

Using a flower press is an excellent method for preserving flowers and plants with precision, allowing you to create stunning crafts and decorations that showcase the intricate details and natural beauty of each specimen. Experiment with different types of flowers and plants to create a diverse collection of pressed materials for your projects.

Upright position method: Vertical drying for optimal shape

Vertical drying is another popular method of flowers and plants preservation. It gives us dry flowers and plants with a natural shape of shoots, flowers, inflorescences, and fruits. Always choose fresh flowers for vertical drying. Flowers and plants ideally suited for drying in an upright position are:

  • Baby's breath (Gypsophila paniculata)
  • Globe thistle (Echinops ritro)
  • Strawflower (Helichrysum bracteatum)
  • Lavender (Lavandula)
  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
  • Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)
  • Celosia (Celosia argentea)
  • Sea holly (Eryngium)
  • Queen Anne's lace (Daucus carota)
  • Chinese lantern (Physalis alkekengi)
Dry flowers of eryngium
Flowers of blue eryngo or flat sea holly dry easily and retain their beautiful blue color for a long time.

To dry flowers and plants upright, place them in a tall vase with water. Then, leave the flowers to dry. If you only care about the flowers when drying, shake the excess leaves off the flower stems. The water will gradually evaporate, and the plants will dry out. This method will give you dry flowers without changing their natural shape.

Drying flowers and plants on a net

Method of drying flowers on the net

One of the best ways to achieve this is by drying your flowers on a net.

Not only does this method allow for air to circulate around the entire flower, but it also helps to maintain the natural shape and color of the flower. Plus, it's perfect for larger flowers with thick stems like hydrangeas or sunflowers.

To get started, grab a clean, breathable net that's big enough to accommodate your flowers without crowding. You can use a mesh screen or a laundry drying rack, whatever works best for you.

Next, trim the stems to your desired length and remove any leaves that will touch the net. Then, arrange your flowers on the net, making sure they're not touching each other. You can lay them flat or drape them over the net depending on the flower's shape.

Now comes the waiting game. Depending on the flower, this method can take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks. But don't worry, periodically check on the flowers to see if they're dry, and remove any that have started to wilt.

Once they're completely dry, remove the flowers from the net and store them in a cool, dry place until you're ready to use them. And voila! Your dried flowers are now ready to be used in your next masterpiece.

Drying flowers on a net may take some time and effort, but the stunning results are worth it.

Hygroscopic method

Recently, a fashionable method of drying flowers and plants is placing them in loose materials with high hygroscopic properties. Usually, sand or sand with borax, corn flour, and fine cat litter (silica gel or silica sand) is used as drainage material.

Fine cat litter (silica gel)
Fine cat litter (silica gel or silica sand) is often used to dry flowers.

Multi-petaled flowers, larger flowers, dense flowers, or whole bouquets are placed in a cardboard or plastic container and then tightly covered with loose material. Spreading should be done carefully so that every part of the flowers and plants is thoroughly covered with a hygroscopic substance, i.e., silica gel or silica sand.

Depending on the quantity and the species to be dried, the drying process in the hygroscopic material may take one week to a month until the flowers are completely dry. Drying in cat gel is also an excellent way to dry more delicate flowers.

What kind of flowers are best for drying with silica gel?

Silica gel is a desiccant that absorbs moisture and is commonly used to dry flowers quickly while preserving their natural color and shape. Here are 10 plants that are best for drying with silica gel:

  • Roses (Rosa)
  • Larkspur (Delphinium)
  • Statice (Limonium)
  • Baby's breath (Gypsophila panicaulata)
  • Zinnias (Zinnia)
  • Strawflowers (Helichrysum)
  • Marigolds (Tagetes)
  • Dahlias (Dahlia)
  • Sunflowers (Helianthus)
  • Globe amaranth (Gomphrena)

Plants and flowers in silica sand dry up quickly because it absorbs moisture much more than flour or sand.

Microwave method

If you want to dry flowers in the microwave, remember that this is an amateur method with very low efficiency. The microwave method allows for quickly drying the material with a small volume.

Drying flowers in the microwave without silica gel

Place the flowers to dry or entire plant fragments in a microwave-safe container with loose, hygroscopic material (i.e., sand). Then turn on the microwave for 2 minutes. After removing the microwave-safe container, wait 10 minutes until the flowers dry and the gel cools down. Then gently remove the dried flowers.

Preserving flowers and plants

Preserving with glycerin (glycerol)

Preserving the flowers and plants in glycerin gives them flexibility while maintaining their natural shape. This way, individual leaves and branches, as well as entire inflorescences and panicles of grasses, can be prepared.

The following branches are recommended for preserving in glycerin:

  • Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus)
  • Boxwood (Buxus)
  • Forsythia (Forsythia)
  • Lilac (Syringa)
  • Magnolia (Magnolia)
  • Pieris (Pieris)
  • Privet (Ligustrum)
  • Rose (Rosa)
  • Salal (Gaultheria shallon)
  • Willow (Salix)

The best for preservation in glycerin are shoots 50 cm long, cut diagonally, and split. Remember to immediately insert them into the glycerin solution after trimming. Preparation time is from a few days to 2-3 weeks.

Glycerin must be constantly available for uptake by cut shoots because its deficiency or interruptions in uptake lead to the twisting of shoots and leaves. The humidity of the air has the most significant influence on the speed of glycerin uptake by preserving shoots. The higher the humidity, the longer the glycerol uptake is.

Place the vessel with the plants in a bright room, preferably at a temperature of 15-18 degrees Celsius. In such conditions, plants transpire and take up the solution very well. Plants are preserved in glycerin until they obtain a silky shine. It usually takes from a few to several days.

The leaves of the preserved plants acquire a gloss and change their color to dark green, maroon or brown. After the shoots are preserved, they should be spread out on paper. Plants prepared in this way are an ideal material for creating dry compositions. Suppose the glycerin-preserved shoots are to be used in live plant compositions. In that case, dipping stems in paraffin should protect them.

Harvesting flowers and plants for preservation with glycerin

We collect lignified shoots of trees and shrubs. Cutting the grasses during the heading stage is best, as their old inflorescences cannot take up glycerin. The fully developed leaves are ideal for preparation in glycerin.

Glycerin solution for preserving flowers and plants

The optimal ratio of glycerin solution is 1 part glycerin to 2 parts water. Remember that glycerin dissolves only in hot water. Adding a little salt (0.6 g / 1 liter of solution) will speed up the intake. The leaves of beech, oak, and white trees are perfectly preserved in glycol.

Glycerin solution for preserving herbaceous plants

This method is ideal for preparing larkspurs, sea lavender, and the bells-of-Ireland. Place the freshly cut plants in a glycerin solution (200 ml of glycerin per 1 liter of water) for about 4-5 days, with access to light and a temperature of 15-18 degrees Celsius.

Skeletonizing leaves and selected fruits

Skeletonizing of leaves and selected fruits

Although skeletonization does not involve drying plants, it is a procedure that allows plant material to be preserved. Leaves (magnolia, oak, ivy, beech, hornbeam, etc.) and fruit (e.g., tomatillo, datura) are ideal for skeletonization.

There are several leaves skeletonizing methods.

The most popular is to put the leaves in a solution of 20% sulfuric or hydrochloric acid. After 3-5 days, the parenchyma is destroyed. Only the nerves in the form of a net remain. The parts of plants prepared in this way should be rinsed in water, and the remains of the parenchyma tissue removed mechanically, for example, with a brush.

Preserving with salt

How to preserve flowers and plants in salt
Dried petals of rose. Rose petals are perfect for preserving them in salt.

By preserving flowers and plants in a salt solution, twigs that look like frost can be obtained. Live or dried shoots are placed in a salt solution for 24 hours (in the proportion of 2 salt and 1 part water). After this time, the twigs are spread out on paper to dry or hung in small bunches in a dark room. After drying, the shoots look snow-covered, thanks to the salt crystals embedded in them.

Preserving with sugar

Preserving of plants in sugar
Rose petals preserved in sugar.

Sugar is a versatile and inexpensive material that can be used to preserve flowers and plants, and give them a unique and natural appearance. This technique involves immersing fresh flowers or plant parts in a sugar solution, which dehydrates and preserves them while maintaining their natural color and texture.

To preserve flowers and plants in sugar, follow these simple steps:

  1. Prepare the sugar solution: Mix two parts of granulated sugar with one part of boiling water, stirring until the sugar dissolves completely. You can add a few drops of food coloring to the solution to give the flowers a tinted effect.
  2. Cut the stems of the flowers or plants: Cut the stems of the flowers or plants at a 45-degree angle to ensure better water absorption.
  3. Dip the flowers or plants in the sugar solution: Immerse the flowers or plant parts in the sugar solution, making sure they are completely covered. You can use a spoon or a brush to apply the sugar solution to delicate flowers or plants.
  4. Hang the flowers or plants to dry: Once the flowers or plant parts are completely coated in sugar, hang them upside down in a dry, warm, and well-ventilated area. Leave them to dry for several days or until they are completely dehydrated.

Preserving flowers and plants in sugar is a great way to add a unique and natural touch to your floral arrangements. You can use sugar-preserved flowers in a variety of ways, including in bridal bouquets, centerpieces, wreaths, and more. The possibilities are endless, so get creative and experiment with different types of flowers and colors to create stunning and memorable floral designs.

Sprays to preserve dried flowers

Why spray dried flowers?

Spraying dried flowers with a protective coating can help to prolong their lifespan and maintain their color and texture. There are several different products that can be used to preserve dried flowers, including hairspray, clear acrylic spray, and specialized floral sprays.

Choosing the right spray

Hairspray is a popular option for preserving dried flowers, as it is inexpensive and widely available. However, it may not provide the same level of protection as other products, and may yellow or discolor over time.

Clear acrylic spray is a more durable option, providing a clear, protective coating that helps to prevent dust and moisture from damaging the flowers. This type of spray is often used for preserving dried flower arrangements or wreaths, and can be found at most craft stores.

Floral sprays are specifically designed for preserving flowers and can be found at many floral supply stores. These sprays typically contain a mix of preservatives, fixatives, and UV inhibitors to help maintain the color and texture of dried flowers.

Tips for using spray on dried flowers

Before applying the spray, the flowers must be completely dried. Otherwise, wet plants can rot. For the dried flowers not to crumble and fall under the influence of movement or air movements, it is enough to spray them immediately after drying.

Precautions when using spray on dried flowers

When using any type of spray to preserve dried flowers, it is important to follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully and to work in a well-ventilated area. Hold the spray can at a distance of about 12 inches from the flowers, and apply a light, even coat. Allow the flowers to dry completely before handling or storing them.

By taking the time to preserve your dried flowers with a protective spray, you can enjoy their beauty for years to come.

Choosing the best flowers for drying: Recommendations and tips

Selecting the right flowers for drying is essential to achieve long-lasting, beautiful arrangements or displays. Different drying methods suit different types of flowers, and certain flower varieties hold their shape and color better than others. Here are some recommendations and tips for choosing the best flowers for drying:

  1. Consider the flower's structure: Flowers with less moisture content and a relatively flat structure tend to dry better and retain their shape. Examples include roses, hydrangeas, lavender, and strawflowers. On the other hand, flowers with high moisture content or fleshy petals, like tulips or peonies, may not dry as well and are more prone to losing their shape during the drying process.
  2. Choose vibrant colors: Brightly colored flowers are more likely to maintain their color after drying. However, keep in mind that some fading is natural, and colors may become more muted as the flowers dry. To preserve the color as much as possible, select flowers with strong pigmentation.
  3. Harvest at the right time: Picking flowers at the optimal stage of their blooming cycle can greatly impact the quality of the dried result. For most flowers, it's best to harvest them just before they reach full bloom. This ensures that they retain their color and shape better during the drying process. In addition, it's ideal to pick flowers in the morning after the dew has evaporated, as moisture can negatively affect the drying process.
  4. Experiment with different methods: Some flowers may respond better to specific drying methods. For example, roses and hydrangeas can be successfully air-dried, while more delicate flowers like larkspur or baby's breath may benefit from the flower press or silica gel method. Don't be afraid to experiment with various drying techniques to find the best method for your chosen flowers.
  5. Plan your arrangements: When selecting flowers for drying, consider how they will be used in arrangements or displays. Choose flowers with complementary colors, textures, and sizes to create visually appealing compositions. Incorporate greenery, seed pods, or dried grasses for added interest and variety.
  6. Keep seasonal availability in mind: Some flowers may be more readily available during specific seasons. Plan your drying projects around the availability of fresh flowers to ensure you have access to the best quality specimens for your arrangements or displays.

By carefully selecting the best flowers for drying and using the appropriate methods, you can create stunning dried flower arrangements and displays that maintain their beauty for years to come. Experiment with different flower varieties and techniques to develop your unique style and enjoy the long-lasting appeal of dried flowers.

Best flowers for drying and dry bouquets

There are many types and species of plants to be dried off. Apart from the leaves and twigs of trees and shrubs, shoots, flowers, the fruit of perennials, and annual plants are well-preserved.

The best flowers and plants for dry bouquets

The most popular plants used in dry arrangements are:

  • Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana)
  • Bunny tail grass (Lagurus ovatus)
  • Baby's breath (Gypsophila paniculata)
  • Globe thistle (Echinops ritro)
  • Statice (Limonium)
  • Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus)
  • Lavender (Lavandula)
  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
  • Strawflower (Helichrysum bracteatum)
  • Silver king (Artemisia ludoviciana)
  • Feather grass (Stipa tenuissima)
  • Sea holly (Eryngium)
  • Chinese lantern (Physalis alkekengi)
  • Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena)
  • Red broom corn (Sorghum bicolor)
  • Wheat (Triticum)
  • Dried roses (Rosa)
  • Dried hydrangeas (Hydrangea)

Understanding the longevity of dried flowers: Proper care and maintenance

When it comes to dried flowers, the longevity of the flowers can vary depending on several factors such as the type of flower, the method of drying, and the storage conditions. Generally, dried flowers can last anywhere from several months to a few years if stored properly.

To maximize the longevity of dried flowers, it is important to handle them carefully during the drying process and avoid exposure to moisture, direct sunlight, and high humidity. When storing dried flowers, it is best to keep them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight, preferably in an airtight container or sealed bag. This will help prevent any moisture or humidity from affecting the flowers and causing them to deteriorate.

Some flowers may naturally have a longer lifespan when dried, such as lavender, baby's breath, and yarrow. On the other hand, some flowers may not dry well or have a shorter lifespan, such as tulips and hydrangeas.

As a florist, it is important to educate yourself on the different types of flowers and their potential for drying and longevity. This will help you choose the best flowers for dried arrangements and ensure the longevity of your creations. Additionally, sharing this knowledge with your customers can help them better care for their dried flower arrangements and enjoy them for a longer period of time.

A badly dried rose flower
A badly dried rose flower. Improper drying of flowers will negatively affect their decorativeness.


The fashion for floral arrangements from dried flowers and plants comes and goes. With the growing interest in dry flowers, the requirements for their quality also increase. Plants that perfectly keep not only their shape but also their color are more and more willingly used.

Floral arrangement from dried flowers
Floral arrangements of dried flowers can decorate the interior of our house all year round

Dried flowers are more and more often used to create floristic compositions, such as dried bouquets, reeds, and wreaths. Also, to keep their wedding bouquets as souvenirs, brides decide to dry them. As a result, wedding bouquets with dried flowers remind us of this special moment for many years.

In the consolidation of plant material, drying and preparation under controlled conditions play an increasingly important role. Most flowers and plant lovers use them successfully to be able to enjoy their beauty also in winter.