How to Care for Dried Flowers + An Exciting Announcement!
Dried flowers are all the hype right now, for all of the right reasons. They are often seen all over Pinterest boards and Instagram feeds, providing inspiration and ideas - from DIY crafts to wedding decor. Rather than buying a fresh bouquet of flowers from the market (that only have a shelf life of a few days), people are now giving bouquets of long lasting dried and preserved flowers for special occasions, or as treats to themselves!
Dried flowers and pampas grass have a shelf life of 6 to 12 months, or even years, depending on the variety. How you care for your flowers can also affect the longevity of your new bouquet. Here are a few simple steps you can take to increase the shelf life of your dried flowers!
Keep out of direct sunlight.
Place your new bouquet of dried flowers in a shaded area, at least 10 feet away from a window that receives bright light. Direct sunlight may cause dried flowers to wilt or fade in color.
Avoid moisture and humidity.
Unlike fresh flowers, dried flowers do not require water. Place your dried flowers in a vase without water, in an area that is low in humidity (ex: in a bedroom or living room, instead of a bathroom or kitchen). If exposed to moisture, dried flowers can turn brown and wilt or begin to harbor mold.
Be gentle, the stems are delicate!
Due to the drying process and lack of moisture in the stems, certain types of dried flowers can be extremely delicate and may easily break apart. Place dried flowers in an area that is not easily accessible to children or pets and avoid handling or moving them around too much.
How to prevent pampas grass from shedding:
If you have ever owned pampas grass, you have probably noticed excessive shedding when you first brought it home. Shedding is normal, but can be reduced to a minimum or even completely with a few simple steps!
- Gently shake the stems upside down to get rid of excess fur (we recommend doing this outside as it can get messy!). To fluff the pampas grass up even further, you can gently blow dry the stems using low heat. An alternative method is to leave the pampas out in the sun for a few hours to fluff it up.
- After fluffing up the stems, gently spray the pampas using a strong hold hairspray to lock the grass in place. Be careful of over spraying, as this can cause the pampas to become stiff/hard. Hold the bottle at least 3 feet away from the pampas while gently spraying the stems.
- Place the stems in a vase, and allow a few days for your pampas to relax and open up. Try not to touch the pampas during this process to prevent further shedding. After following these steps and waiting for the pampas to relax, the stems should now be ready to arrange.
An exciting announcement regarding our dried flowers!
If you have been following us on social media, you may have seen our featured dried flower arrangements available for preorder on special holidays, such as Valentine’s and Mother’s Day. Starting today, our dried flower arrangements will now be available to preorder on our website year round! To preorder an arrangement, select the Dried Flower tab on our website, and click “Dried Flower Arrangement Preorder”. Our selection of arrangements will change out from month to month, depending on the availability of each stem. After placing your preorder, it will be ready to pick up in store after 1-3 business days! If you'd like to pickup your arrangement on a specific date, please let us know in the notes section of your order. To place a custom order, call our shop at (808) 888-0819, or stop by the shop and speak to one of our friendly associates!
A screenshot of our Preorder Dried Flower arrangement page.
The Burgundy Arrangement, available for preorder on our website.
The Autumn Arrangement, available for preorder on our website.
The Large Eucalyptus and Palm Arrangement, available for preorder on our website.
Want to create your own dried flower arrangement?
During your next visit to the shop, be sure to check out our DIY dried flower bar!