3 common mistakes every floral designers make with preserved flowers

3 common mistakes every floral designers make with preserved flowers

Preserved flowers are natural flowers that undergo a preservation process which aims to replace the sap of the fresh flower with a natural liquid composed of a substance similar to sugar. However, you need to treat them well, so here’s a list you should read if you’re working with them.

1. Not paying enough attention to the storage of flowers

This is the #1 you have to look out for if you are a florist or working with fresh flowers at the same time as preserved ones. It is important not to store preserved plants in the same place as fresh flowers: because it is humid, and it causes the disgorgement of the preserved flowers. Here’s your reminder about preserved plants.

  • For indoor use only
  • Do not water or allow to come into contact with water
  • Avoid direct contact with sunlight
  • Do not expose too close to a heat source
  • Recommended humidity below 70%

2. Expect that preserved flowers will look just like fresh flowers

It's essential to set realistic expectations when using preserved flowers. They offer a unique and enduring beauty, making them an excellent choice for various applications, such as home decor, weddings, and events. However, they are not a substitute for fresh flowers when it comes to the scent and feel of a recently picked bouquet. Each type of flower has its own charm and purpose, and understanding these differences can help you appreciate and utilize both preserved and fresh flowers effectively.

3. Assemble light colored flowers with dark colors

You should avoid pairing light colored flowers with dark ones. The liquid that replaces the sap of preserved flowers and plants is composed of a substance similar to sugar but also food colorant. This advice is especially important for foliage such as eucalyptus that tend to sweat when there is a lot of temperature variation.