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Friday, September 06, 2002
Subject: how long do they last?
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How long will an arrangement of dried straw flowers last? Months? Years? Does the useful life vary alot depending on flower type?



Monday, September 09, 2002
RE: how long do they last?
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My typical short answer is two to three years. They do not last forever.

However, this definitely depends on the quality of drieds you are buying, the specific flowers you are talking about, the location of the particular piece, etc.

We have comments from people that say are flowers have last substantially longer then a few years and this can happen under ideal conditions. This would include no direct sun light, no extreme humidity (either very humid or very dry). Forced air heat can induce a very dry environment within our homes (that is why we constantly use lotions or creams during the winter months). The same dryness that we experience affects the florals as well. I often recommend letting a flower arrangement 'rest' during winter that offer a warmer, more humid day outside. By just placing an arrangement out in a garage during these days, where it can reabsorb some moisture, will increase its longevity.

Dust is another issue that needs to be addressed. I recommend using a real feather duster, which works very well. Alternatively, you can use a blow dryer and blow the dust off.

Hope this answers you question (at least in part).

D. Scott Demmin

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