How long do dried flowers last?

If well cared for, dried flowers can last on average between 2 – 3 years. It is best to keep dried flowers out of direct sunlight and avoid humid conditions.

So, if you want to know how long specifically, the quick answer for how long do dried flowers last is 1–4 years depending on their type and your home.

As with anything, there are shades of difference and various factors to take into account – there are even ways of making your flowers go longer! Read on to find out the ins and outs of getting the most out of your dried flower display.

 

How to know how long the life of your natural dried flowers is

We’ve pieced together a handy how-long-guide for some of the most popular dried flowers, with some additional information to help make your decisions on which is the best floral for your home.

 

Flower type How Long If Air Dried / Microwave Silica Dried? How Long When Preserved In Glycerin Resin? Integral Tips
Roses 1-4 years 5-6 years Use odourless hairspray after air drying or microwave drying to keep rigidity
Dasies/Pansies 1-2 years 5-6 years Best preserved using pressing method with an old heavy book
Hydrangeas 1-3 years 5-6 years Use odourless hairspray after air drying or microwave drying
Pampas Grasses 1-2 years 4-5 years Use odourless hairspray after air drying or microwave drying to keep rigidity
Larkspurs 1-2 years 4-5 years Take as much stem off as possible when prepping to dry, the brittle nature of the dried stem increases chances of snapping
French Lavender 1-2 years 5-6 years Use odourless hairspray after air drying or microwave drying
Posies 1-2 years 5-6 years As an alternative to glycerin method, wax coating works especially well on posies and roses
Cotton Buds 1-2 years 3-4 years Take as much stem off as possible when prepping to dry, the brittle nature of the dried stem increases chances of snapping
Lagurus 1-2 years 3-4 years Take as much stem off as possible when prepping to dry, the brittle nature of the dried stem increases chances of snapping
Yarrow 1-3 years 4-5 years Use odourless hairspray after air drying or microwave drying to keep rigidity
Sunflower 1-4 years 4-5 years Take as much stem off as possible when prepping to dry, the brittle nature of the dried stem increases chances of snapping

Do dried flowers last forever?

Dried flowers do not last forever however, if well cared for dried flowers will last between 2 – 3 years. Keep dried flowers out of direct sunlight, windy and humid conditions.

Still wanting to find out the best way to preserve your natural dried flowers? We have some upcoming handy articles that explore this topic and related practices, alongside our own beautiful collections:

  • How to dry flowers
  • How to store dried flowers
  • How to make dried flower arrangements
  • How to make a dried flower wreath

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