The Ultimate Guide to Caring for Dried Flowers

| Wendy Han

While fresh flowers can bring life and a pop of colour to any living space, they are rather tedious to care for. Not only do you have to water them daily, but you also need to cut them and ensure they get sufficient sunlight or shade. 

If you are looking for some floral décor that is comparatively low maintenance, why not get some dried flowers instead? 

Believe it or not, dried flowers have grown in popularity for their alluring appearance and easy-to-care nature. In this guide, our florists highlight why they’ve become well-liked and how you can care for them.

What Are Dried Flowers?

What Are Dried Flowers

First, let’s take a look at what dried flowers are. 

Quite simply, as its name suggests, dried flowers are exactly what they sound like. They are flowers that have been dried out, usually naturally by way of the sun; after this, they go through a treatment process to restore some colour and allow the flowers to set in this state.

On average, dried flowers will last for around a year; whilst this does seem like a huge amount of time, especially in comparison to fresh flowers, it doesn't mean that they don't still need regular care in order to help them last this long, or even longer.



You’ll probably need to water fresh flowers daily. So, what about dried ones? 


That’s right, you don’t have to water dried flowers at all! 

Having dried flowers means you don't need to water them at all during their lifespan - this is great news for those who are cautious about keeping fresh flowers or plants due to worries about forgetting to water them. 

Watering dried flowers will ruin their appearance, cause them to go brown, or even make them mouldy! So don’t worry about having to water them.



Some flowers need direct sunlight while some prefer shade. Dried flowers, on the other hand, require no exposure to sunlight at all. 

If possible, always keep your dried flowers out of the sun. 

The heat will make the colour of the flowers fade fast and cause them to shrivel up. 

The same is applicable with humidity, keeping dried flowers in a humid place will have the same effect as the sun. A room or space that is both cool and dry are the ideal conditions for dried flowers to be in.

Making Them Last

Making Them Last

Like fresh flowers, there are a few simple tips you can use in order to make your dried flowers last even longer.

  • Keep them out of the sun and humidity
  • Keep them inside your home not outside
  • Don't touch them or move them too often
  • Gently use a feather duster to get rid of the dust, if any
  • If you use a hairdryer to remove the dust, have the heat turned off
  • Use a sealed container if you need to store them
  • Don't store them in damp or humid rooms such as a basement or attic
  • Keep them away from water
  • Place them in an upright vase

Minimal Maintenance, Maximum Aesthetics 

Dried flowers can be just as pretty as fresh flowers and are a great way to bring life and beauty to your home. With the right care and caution, you can have stunning arrangements of dried flowers in your home all year round.

You might think that the aesthetic appearance of dried flowers pales in comparison to fresh ones. But maintaining their stunning appearance is all about proper care. Follow our tips and your dried flowers will be as pretty as a picture. 

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