WHY WE DON’T RECOMMEND ALL FLOWERS BE PRESERVED

Unfortunately, all flowers are different in the way they preserve and some flowers produce a much better finished product than others. As you can see from most of our previous client’s orbs, hardy flower heads such as roses are the sturdiest and generally produce the best result. In saying that other flowers also work well, but please have a read of our flower guide below prior to booking your orb as the last thing we want is for you to be disappointed if your chosen flowers change more than you previous thought.   

Please Note- This is a rough GUIDE ONLY! Each and every flower is different, therefore each flower may react differently during the process of preservation and it is best to contact us if you have any questions. 

Flowers and Drying Guide

Alstroemeria (Peruvian Lilies)

Can be very difficult, not recommended but possible- Vibrant colours dry best

 

Amaranthus

Excellent

 

Amaryllis

Good- Colours will slightly change

 

Anthurium

Good but dark colours will darken

Anemone - all colours

Not Acceptable

 

Arum 

Excellent

 

Aster

Extremely Difficult, very fragile, not recommended but possible

 

Bird of Paradise

Difficult

Bouvardia

Not Acceptable

Carnation

Good

Cala Lillies (Mango and Shades of Pink) 

Not Acceptable (White can be used)

 

Cornflowers

OK, but can be very fragile leading to small tears, not ideal

 

Chrysanthemum

Not Acceptable

 

Daffodils

Good

 

Dahlia

Very Poor- Ideally Not Suitable but ok

 

Daisies

Poor - Very brittle

 

Delphinium

Good

 

Freesia

Ok- Can turn transparent, best if not in full bloom yet

 

Gardenia

Excellent

 

Gerbera (Red/Cerise Pink)

Can be very difficult but OK & darker colours usually darken. Lighter can work.

 

Gladiolus

Good

 

Heather/Calluna

Excellent

 

Hyacinth

Excellent

 

Hydrangea

Good

 

Iris

Good

 

Lilac

Excellent

 

Lilies- (Except Mango & Shades of Pink which is poor)

Good

 

Lisianthus

Difficult but possible

 

IVY

Not Recommended

  

Pansies

Excellent

 

Peonies

Excellent 

Pernettya Berries

Very Poor- Not recommended 

Phlox

Not Acceptable

Protea ( exotic flowers)

Not Advised as these will turn much darker through the preservation process as the outside shell will turn brown

 

Queen Anne's Lace

Excellent

 

Orchids (Light Colours)

Can be difficult but ok (Cerise Pink Orchids are Very Difficult not recommended)

 

Roses

Excellent

 

Snapdragons

Excellent

 

Stephanotis

Excellent

 

Succulents

Not Acceptable

Sun Flowers

Poor, not usually recommended

 

SweetPeas

Poor, not recommended- Not ideal but OK. Work best only when fresh but still cannot be guaranteed

 

Stock

Excellent

 

Tulips

Can be difficult but OK. Colours tend to change

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