Can dried flowers last forever?

Dried flowers have significantly increased in popularity over the last couple of years, and it’s not hard to understand why. From statement table centrepieces to stunning living room decor, these blooms are perfect for transforming any interior space, whether your home or the wedding venue of your dreams. 

Not only this but in comparison to fresh flowers, they last for a considerably longer period of time. This means you and your loved ones can enjoy the beauty of your flowers for years instead of a few days. 

However, as with anything, various factors need to be considered when it comes to the longevity of your flowers. 

So, how long do dried flowers last exactly?

And what factors will affect their lastingness?

Keep reading to find out…

Which dried flowers last the longest?

One of the main factors that will affect the lifespan of your dried flowers is the type of flowers used. To make things easier, we have created a table of some of the most popular dried flowers and their estimated lifespan:

Flower Type

Average Lifespan


1 - 2 years


1 - 3 years

Baby’s Breath

1 - 3 years


2 - 3 years


1 - 2 years


1 - 3 years


2 - 3 years

It is important to note that the lifespan of your dried blooms could increase even further if they have been adequately preserved with glycerin. 

Do dried flowers go mouldy?

Do dried flowers go mouldy? The short answer is yes!

Just like fresh flowers, these blooms are susceptible to mould and disease, meaning if they are not properly cared for, they could become infected by mildew. 

Luckily for you, we have a few tips and tricks that you can use to ensure that your flowers don’t become infected. Click here to read about how you can combat mould from your dried flowers. 

Do dried flowers lose their colour?

Whether or not your blooms maintain their original vibrancy can depend on how well they have been preserved. This can also depend on whether or not your flowers have been dyed as if this is the case they are more likely to keep their colour, especially if they are kept in the ideal environment. 

In order to ensure your flowers remain as vibrant as possible, for as long as possible, avoid keeping them in direct sunlight. Sunlight will cause your flowers to fade considerably quickly, and can even cause them to turn brittle or brown. Keep them stored in a well-ventilated area away from any open windows, and your blooms with likely thrive for as long as they last. 

How to care for your dried flowers to make them last longer

If you want your dried flowers to remain as beautiful as possible, for as long as possible, then there are certain things you can do to make them last longer. Here are three of our top tips when it comes to caring for your dried flowers:

Keep your flowers away from any water or moisture

Even though it probably goes against everything you know to keep water away from flowers, this one is an absolute must! As in the name, dried flowers can only thrive when they are in fact, dry. 

If your blooms somehow get into contact with water, it is likely that they will start to rot, which is not ideal. Therefore, it is best to keep them in a well-ventilated environment, away from any humidity or moisture. 

Avoid direct sunlight

As mentioned before, keeping your blooms out of direct sunlight is the only way to ensure that they remain vibrant for as long as possible. Sunlight can do significant damage to your blooms, so it is best to avoid it at all costs!

Keep them dust free

You may notice that over time a considerable amount of dust can start to build up on the petals of your dried flowers. Not only is this highly inconvenient, but it also diminishes the appearance of your blooms. 

To combat this, regularly dust your flowers, either with an old-fashioned duster or a simple cloth. Make sure to be gentle when cleaning the petals of your flowers, as, just like fresh flowers, the petals of dried flowers can be delicate and easily broken. 

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