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The secrets of moss art: what is preserved nature

Welcome to the world of preserved nature... it sounds intriguing and fascinating but few people really know how beautiful preserved moss art is made and what preserved plants really are. Well, you're in the right place... We're going to uncover all things preserved nature so you know exactly what we're talking about and there will be no way back...




WHAT ARE PRESERVED FLOWERS AND PLANTS?


Preserved flowers and plants are 100% natural. Plant preservation is an ecological process that replaces the natural sap of the flower with a biodegradable plant liquid. Thanks to that natural preserving technique, preserved plants and flowers retain their flexibility and their natural freshness without any maintenance needed. They require no watering, no special treatment or luminosity. These plants and flowers are ideal for home decor, moss wall art, unique gift ideas. They can be mixed with living plants to create beautiful, restorative spaces to enjoy the calming effect of nature in an indoor sanctuary.





THE PRESERVATION PROCESS


For best results, plants are preserved at the time of their life cycle when they display their most beautiful appearance. They are harvested in optimal conditions and respecting the environment. They are then sorted before entering the preservation room, positioned in gutters - with their base immersed. During this step, the sap of the plant evaporates to be replaced, after a few days, with the new liquid - a mixture of vegetable glycerin, water, substrate and food colorant. Before a final quality control, plants are rinsed and then dried, they are then ready for use. This overall process can last between 7 and 20 days depending on the size of the plant. Each plant has its own preservation specificity: time, the temperature of the preservative, room temperature, water quality and type of substrate... This doesn’t make it possible to preserve a plant outside its window of opportunity and makes stock management quite complex, but still less complicated than it is with fresh plants.


THE ORIGIN


The first patents related to preservation date back to the 1970's. Several methods have been developed with varying levels of success. In the 1980's, a collaboration between Swedish, French and Italian scientists led to the development of sophisticated technologies enabling the implementation in France of the first real preservation factory. The appearance of vertical gardens and preserved roses on stems have raised public awareness of preserved plants. Today, many producers exist worldwide. Our suppliers are based in Europe and are committed to use local producers where possible, together with low carbon footprint transport methods.


LIFESPAN


It is difficult to talk about preserved plants and flowers' lifespan. Indeed, several factors strongly influence the evolution of plants over time: exposure to sunlight, humidity, handling... We prefer to talk about "quality of life" because each plant behaves differently over time. Some plants slightly lose their color while others darken. Some curl, others bend... in any case, we cannot give an exact lifespan: the plant does not radically change overnight! However, it is possible to state that, under optimal use conditions, our wall moss art stays vibrant for several years.


CARE AND MAINTENANCE


Preserved plants are 100% natural. This is why it is necessary to follow certain rules in order to ensure their long-lasting beauty and optimal lifespan:


· Keep them only indoor

· Avoid touching the plants: they will not grow back

· No watering or immersing in water

· Avoid long exposure to sunlight behind a glass

· Do not put it too close to a heat source

· Recommended humidity: below 70-80%




THE FUTURE


In Japan, working with preserved flowers is regarded as an art of its own.


Specialized floristry schools teach these unique techniques. Indeed, working with preserved plants is different than working with living plants. This allows the creation of unique and beautiful products and real works of art made with 100% real nature!



Gradually, an increasing number of florists are incorporating preserved creations in their offers. Businesses and corporations have become very interested in natural decor as it represents a unique and beautiful way to decorate interiors, making people feel close to nature while not having to maintain the displays. It is a much more cost-effective solution than living walls or fresh plants and flowers and it looks and feels real and so much more pleasant than faux flowers. Moreover, the creative possibilities are endless and the market is hungry for it

- enthusiasts, take note!



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