Our blog on flowers
Jul 12, 2023
écrit par Mélanie

All about stabilized flowers

Stabilized flowers are experiencing a real craze in terms of interior decoration. Offering a lasting alternative to fresh flowers, they allow a touch of a nature to our spaces without sacrificing the beauty of the floral compositions. Are you curious to find out more? This article reveals everything you need to know about stabilized flowers: their advantages, their creation process, and which flowers or plants can be stabilized. If you are a fan of Stabilized flowers, discover our collection.

Stabilized flowers

Just as beautiful as fresh, but durable and therefore more responsible flowers

Why do we use stabilized flowers?

The main reason to use stabilized flowers is their longevity. Unlike the fresh flowers that are quickly faded, stabilized flowers have a much longer lifespan, up to several years if they are well maintained. This "frozen aging" is made possible thanks to a scientifically developed process and making it possible to keep the appearance of flowers in their most radiant state.

Furthermore, Stabilized flowers do not require any particular maintenance, unlike fresh flowers which require regular watering and specific temperature and light conditions. Stabilized flowers are therefore ideal for people who do not have a green hand or lack time to take care of plants.

Finally, stabilized flowers are a more ecological choice than fresh flowers. Since they last much longer, they generate less waste and require less resources to be produced. In addition, certain stabilized flowers are made from plants from sustainable and environmental crops, which strengthens their eco-responsible aspect.

How do you create stabilized flowers?

The flower stabilization process is a sophisticated drying technique which preserves the beauty and structure of flowers while extending their lifespan. Here are the different stages of this process:

1. Warm of flowers at the right time

It all starts with the choice of flowers and the moment of their harvest. To obtain an optimal result, it is essential to pick flowers when they are at their peak, that is to say when their colors and their shape are the most radiant.

2. Preparation of flowers for stabilization

Once harvested, the flowers are selected and sorted according to their quality and their appearance. The stems are then cut to the right length and the unwanted leaves are removed. This step is crucial because it determines the final rendering of stabilized flowers.

3. The stabilization process

The heart of the stabilization process consists in replacing the natural sap of flowers with a mixture of water and glycerin. This solution enters the stems and petals thanks to a capillarity phenomenon, which makes it possible to keep the fresh and radiant appearance of flowers while preserving them from drying out.

The duration of this step varies depending on the size and density of flowers, generally from a few days to several weeks.

4. Drying and finish

Once the flowers have absorbed enough stabilizing solution, they are removed from the bath and left to dry for several days. Finally, the flowers are restored in shape if necessary and can be tinted or treated to obtain specific effects, such as a more shiny appearance or particular colors.

What are the stabilization techniques?

1. Stabilization by double immersion (for flowers)

This technique is to immerse a flower in a solution of pure alcohol for 24 hours, which dehydrates the flower while preserving its shape. The flower is then immersed in a solution of alcohol, propylene-glycol, glycerin and food dyes, which rehydrates the flower and gives it a new color.

2. Preservation by immersion (for plants & plants)

This method consists in immersing a dried plant in a solution of glycerin, water and food colors heated to more than 40 ° C. This rehydrates the plant and gives it a new color. The plant is then cleaned and dried.

3. Preservation by spray (for foams)

This technique consists in spray directly on the plant a solution of glycerin, water and dietary dyes or pigments. This rehydrates the surface of the plant and gives it a new color. The plant is then simply dried.

What flowers and plants can we stabilize?

Although some flowers are easier to stabilize than others, most varieties of flowers and plants can be subjected to this process. From most popular stabilized flowers, we find :

  • The rose, symbol of love and elegance, which lends itself particularly well to stabilization thanks to its dense and resistant structure;
  • The Hortensia, whose major colorful inflorescences make spectacular floral compositions;
  • The statice, a perennial plant with star and delicate flowers, often used in dry bouquets to bring a touch of lightness;
  • Vegetable stems, such as eucalyptus or ivy, which create more structured and bulky bouquets and arrangements.

However, there are many other varieties of flowers and plants that can be stabilized, thus offering you a great diversity for your floral compositions and your interior decorations. 

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