Do dried flowers go bad?

In this brief text we will provide the answer to the question: “Do dried flowers go bad?”. In addition, we will discuss the best flowers to dry and the methods used for drying flowers.

Do dried flowers go bad?

Dried flowers over time become faded and lose their structure over time. Dried flowers are very fragile and you should keep them away from moisture, sunlight and wind. The dry flower is nothing that a plant is in an advanced stage of decomposition, that is, whose petals are already in their fortress to squander color and vivacity.

The flowers, despite being dry, still suffer the action of time and nature, that is, they do not last for a lifetime. Therefore, some routine care can help in its durability. The tip is to avoid humid environments and direct sunlight. This is crucial. It’s also nice to see this change, which they go through over time. Just as we change, flowers and plants also go through this process.

What are the best flowers to dry?

The best flowers for drying are roses and hydrangeas, which can be dried outdoors. As for those that need to have their colors and structures preserved, such as tulips, gerberas and chrysanthemums, the best option is to dry them in the microwave. 

Another method for drying hydrangeas is to vase with water. Silica gel and fine sand can also be used for dehydration and conservation. It is important that the flowers are not too mature, as this can shatter them and make the process unfeasible, and that there is no damage to the petals, as they will become more evident after drying.

What are the methods of drying flowers?

You can dry your flowers outdoors, in the microwave, with silica gel or sand. Each of the methods that have been used will yield different results for the dried flowers. And some flowers need a specific method to be dried and preserve the desired characteristics.

Outdoor drying

In this process it is possible to dry any type of flower, but the freshest, fullest and healthier ones are the best. Avoid drying withered and diseased flowers, as they will look dead when dried. Remove the leaves from the stems so that they are smooth all the way to the flower bud. 

Large flowers such as roses and hydrangeas should be dried individually. Wrap a piece of yarn around the bundle several times near the base of the stem, tying it with a knot or bow. Make sure the string is tight enough so that the flowers don’t fall out when hanging. 

Put the bundles in a cool, dry place where they will not be disturbed. Hang them on the wire using the string, so they don’t get crooked. Wait 2 to 4 weeks for complete drying.

Microwave drying

Choose your flowers, preferably small ones. Herbs can also be dried by this process and stored for later use. Arrange the flowers on the paper towel, they don’t need to be arranged in a specific order, but they shouldn’t touch each other, make small clusters if you have a lot of flowers to dry like this. 

Heat the flowers in the microwave, put the paper towel with the flowers inside the microwave and heat on medium to maximum power for 1 minute, if they are not dry after this time, replace the paper towel with a new one (dry) and repeat the process. 

Once all the moisture has been removed, remove the flowers from the paper towels, let them cool for at least 10 minutes before using them in the decorative project.

Drying with silica gel

To dry flowers with silica, use a well-sealed plastic box (Container box) or a wide-mouthed glass. Place the Silica in the bottom, set the flowers to dry and cover with more silica until the flowers are completely covered. Leave the flowers for 48 hours in the silica gel. After this period, remove them with tweezers. 

Use a dry brush to clean the flowers. This method greatly preserves the color of the flower, it can be used with orchids, hydrangeas or ixora.

Drying in sand

To dry flowers in sand, you must use sand from construction or pet stores, with the finest granulometry. It should be washed and dried in the sun or in the oven on the stove. Let cool before using. 

Use a cardboard box, cover the bottom with sand, accommodate leaves and flowers and spread the sand on top and around the plants, until complete coverage. Leave in a ventilated place. 

After the plants are dry, they must be cleaned with a dry brush. The sand can be reused, but for that it must be washed and dried in the sun or oven. In this process, the flowers with wet petals (Hibiscus), leaves and stems can become brittle and look bad.

Conclusion

In this brief text we provided the answer to the question: “Do dried flowers go bad?”. In addition, we discussed the best flowers to dry and the methods used for drying flowers.

Citations

https://www.thepetalemporium.com/journal/how-to-care-for-your-dried-flowers
https://www.housebeautiful.com/shopping/home-accessories/a23357517/dead-flowers-feng-shui/
https://www.koch.com.au/dried-flowers-and-preserved-flowers-faq

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.