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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

甚麼是「保鮮花」? What is "Preserved Flowers"?



保鮮花,可以是玫瑰等等不同種類的花,不同絲花或人造花,它是可以保存很久不會凋謝的花,適合放置於室溫內,但不能直照陽光及濕度高的地方。如果小心打理,保鮮花可以保存數月甚至幾年。它是經過處理的花,當然,不可以放進水或灑水。

保鮮花是用真花製作,保留了自然的外貌及柔軟的質感,比人造花自然像真。它使用甘油成份的化學品去浸蝕切下的鮮花,於是花辦內的水份排出,停止細胞的水份和細菌生長造成腐敗。於是,出現了近似保鮮的功效。然後,再使用浸不同顏色的染料,造出不同奇特的顏色,例如,黑色,藍色,啡色的玫瑰,令人嘖嘖稱奇啊!

有其它方法保鮮,冷涷乾燥使用溫度趕走花辨的水份或是可索性以天然風乾花材,都是可以永久保存鮮花的辦法。但是,缺少水份的花瓣會出現小許脫色及花瓣變得較脆。

其實,保鮮花一直都有存在。在日本,很容易買到製作保鮮花的溶劑,在家中把花材浸製,再設計成不同的花飾或擺設。現在,由於需求上升,不少企業投資到厄瓜多爾及中國等鮮花生產的地方。不獨是日本,其它國家也買保鮮花了!


Preserved flower, especially roses, are unlike silk or artificial flowers. With the proper care, that is when used indoors in regular comfortable room temperatures, and kept out of direct sunlight and void humid condition, they will last for months even years. Of course they must never be placed in water.

Preserved roses enjoy the benefit to maintain their natural shape and soft touch of the flowers. Glycerin base solution are designed for flowers to replace the water in the cell and therefore stops the development of bacterial or decay like normal flower does. Then, they follows by a dying process which switch on with different colors. Varies color such of black and blue that has never been seen in the natural will be created.

Roses can be preserved in many other ways such as by hanging or freeze dry. The freeze dry method is similar that they take away the water in the cells as completely dry. As a result, the color will be a little bit offset but overall structure is preserved. However, the petals will be brittle.

In long time ago, this is a home based art and craft in Japan. Japanese can easily buy bottle of solutions, creating themselves a wonderful and yet long lasting flowers arrangements. Nowadays, due to a popular demand, many manufacturers are making this nearby the production of the fresh flowers, for example, in Ecuador or China. You will see more and more marketer to sell the product to you soon!
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