Preserved flowers are those that have undergone a process that allows them to maintain their appearance and color for a long time, without the need for water or light.
There are different methods to preserve flowers, such as air drying, pressing, the use of silica gel, glycerin or resin. However, not all flowers are suitable for preservation, as some are more delicate or lose their shape or color easily. The best flowers to preserve are:
Roses: these are the most popular and versatile flowers to preserve, as they have a waxy texture and a strong stem that allows them to withstand the process. They can be preserved with almost any method, but the most recommended is glycerin, which consists of replacing the sap of the flower with this liquid that hydrates and preserves it.
Limonium: Also known as statice or everlasting, it is a flower characterized by its small brightly colored flowers and its dry appearance. It is ideal for preserving with the air-drying method, since it does not lose its shape or color and lasts a long time.
Hydrangeas: These are large, showy flowers that can be preserved with the silica gel method, which consists of covering the flowers with this absorbent material that extracts moisture without damaging their shape or color. Silica gel can be purchased at craft stores or online.
Cotton flowers: These are flowers that have a soft and fluffy appearance, and can be preserved with the air-drying or resin method. Resin is a transparent and resistant material that hardens by mixing two liquid components. It can be used to create decorations with preserved flowers inside silicone or plastic molds in any shape you want.
Pampas flowers: These are flowers that have a feathery appearance and can be preserved with the air-drying or resin method. They are ideal for creating bohemian or rustic style floral arrangements.
Chrysanthemums: They are flowers that have a great variety of shapes and colors, and can be preserved with the method of air drying, silica gel or glycerin.
Daisies: They are simple and cheerful flowers, which can be preserved by air-drying, pressing or silica gel.
Orchids: They are exotic and delicate flowers, which can be preserved with the silica gel or resin method.
Gerberas: These are flowers with long petals and vibrant colors, which can be preserved with the air-drying method, silica gel or glycerin.
Paniculata: Also known as gypsophila or cloud, it is a flower that has small white or pink flowers, and can be preserved with the air-drying method or silica gel.