Although the process of freeze drying flowers remains the same as it was since the 1990′s, the extra treatments used on flowers are constantly being updated. We use the most current treatments available for our processing. There are Pre-Treatments and Post-Treatments used with UV protectors to make the flowers stronger, and resistant to breakage and shrinkage. Occasionally we use color enhancing to help with any premature fading. We have also discovered methods based on individual flower types as far as loading in the machine. For instance since a calla lily is hollow in the middle, we do an extra step so it keeps it’s shape. We are always trying new ideas to make the process the best we can.
Occasionally we receive heirloom items from customers to include in the keepsake along with the flowers. These sometimes include clothing or jewelry items from a previous generation. We take great care in mounting these items in the design so that the integrity of the item is not diminished. No glue is used so that the item is not damaged in any way. By mounting items in this way makes it possible that the item could be removed at a future date. You can see an heirloom handkerchief and broach in the latest keepsake, 3 Panel Shadowbox.
What is the process?
The Freeze-drying process uses specialized machines. When flowers are placed in the frozen chamber (which is -30F) they will freeze in their original shape. Shrinkage is only about 1%, so they really are much the same size as when fresh. Several Pre-treatments and Post-treatments are used to strengthen and protect the color as best possible. Many other treatments and specialized loading techniques are used based on the type and color of the flowers. The process can last 6 weeks or more; only when no more moisture is being extracted is the machine then powered down.
What kind of flowers do well?
Most wedding bouquet flowers are great for the process. There are a few we do not recommend such as bouvardia, Asiatic lilies, daisies (Gerberas are ok for our process), lily of the valley, stock, phlox, iris, and wildflower types. It is best to ask us about your flowers.
How do I send to you?
Ship to: FOREVER FLOWERS, 1738 AVENIDA DEL SOL, BOCA RATON, FL 33432. You will be shipping to us on the first business day after the event. If you would like to know how to care for your flowers before shipping , please call us.
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