Myth #1 - Freeze dried rose petals will last for a year or more
While the petals will not just disintegrate, over time they will change. Most notably, colors will fade and white will turn creamy, especially when exposed to light and humidity. We schedule our petals to ship within two to four weeks prior to use. Some companies ship as soon as they receive the order, so by the time you go to use your petals, they may not be the color you would expect.
Myth #2 - The petals still retain their fragrance after they are freeze dried
While some roses have more scent than others, most do not retain much scent after they are freeze dried. You can easily add your desired amount of fragrance with an essential oil prior to use or request them to be "Scented" on checkout and we'll add it for you.
Myth #3 - Weight is the only way to measure quantity
Measuring the quantity of freeze dried rose petals is a very difficult task to accomplish. Some companies sell by weight (in ounces), others sell by volume (in cups), and some don't even say how much you get at all! None of the current methods are perfect. Measuring by the ounce has the problem that weight can vary significantly depending on the moisture content in the petals. Measuring by the cup has the problem of how tightly packed the petals are. Smaller petals will fit together tighter than larger ones as will petals that are more flat than curved. We sell our petals by the cup, but we also weigh them to make sure we have a consistent product, taking into account the relative humidity. Eight cups of petals weigh around 1/2 ounce.
Myth #4 - One ounce of petals is equal to 50 roses
For some reason, this statement has been picked up by many companies with complete disregard to it's truth. We have noticed that some companies claim their containers have 300 petals and are equivalent to four dozen roses. If you do the simple math, their roses have less than 7 petals each, which is absurd. While there is no exact answer, there is an approximate range that is within reason. A rose typically contains 20 to 40 petals, depending on the variety, so one rose can yield 1 to 2 cups of petals. We do not use all of the petals from a rose for our Premium and Specialty petals as many of the outer guard petals, small center petals, and other petals with imperfections go into our imperfect Pathway containers. Therefore, it typically takes 20 to 25 roses to make one ounce or 16 cups of freeze dried rose petals. Our 8 cup containers have approximately 180 to 200 petals, depending on the size of the petals.
Myth #5 - All freeze dried rose petals are the same
Not all freeze dried rose petals are the same. We offer samples so that all of our customers know what to expect when they receive their order. Many other companies do not offer samples. We have a high quality product and we aren't afraid to show it. You would be surprised at the difference in quality of petals available. Our roses are imported from South America, known for exceptional quality roses. To have an excellent freeze dried product, you need to start with excellent roses.
Myth #6 - It is easy to just pull apart fresh roses the day before the wedding
There is a great deal of labor that goes into "petaling" roses. The timing must be just right so that the roses are open and in full bloom, but not past their peak. Also, fresh petals quickly degrade in quality, so while the idea of fresh petals is great, you likely will not have fresh petals by the time you use them.
Myth #7 - I can soften the freeze dried rose petals so they are like fresh again
While they will not become as soft as a fresh petal, they can reabsorb moisture and become slightly softer and more pliable. The easiest way to soften the petals is to place them in a bathroom while taking a shower. This can sometimes brighten the color of darker petals. To some degree, the longer the freeze dried rose petals are exposed to the moisture, the softer they will get. However, too much moisture can damage the petals. Remember, they have gone through a complicated process just to get them dry. If the humidity in the air is normal or high, this procedure can be done within a few days before the event to achieve your desired effect. If the air is dry, the petals may not soften or will quickly dry out again. For most uses, such as table decoration and aisles, softening is not necessary.
Myth #8 - The freeze dried rose petals need to be kept frozen, then I just thaw them out to use them
They are NOT fresh petals that are frozen. The "freeze" in freeze dried rose petals only refers to the process used to dry the petals. Once they are dry, they should only be stored at room temperature. Do not put freeze dried rose petals in a refrigerator or freezer, they are completely dry and will not wilt.
Myth #9 - I can float freeze dried rose petals in water
This is a tricky one, it really depends on a lot of factors. Although some companies claim you can use freeze dried rose petals in a bathtub or floating with candles in a vase, in general, they just do not do well in water. While they do float, they will also reabsorb water. When this happens, they will discolor and lose their shape. You will eventually be left with soggy, shapeless petals. The question is whether they will hold up long enough for your particular application. If you hold off putting them in the water until the last minute and they remain undisturbed, they can look good for hours. If you put them in a bathtub and jump in, they obviously will turn soggy much quicker. The best thing to do if you want to use them in water is to test run a sample first to see if you get your desired effect.
Myth #10 - They come in blue or any other color I need
There are no blue roses in nature, so likewise, there are no NATURAL blue freeze dried rose petals. We have recently begun carrying blue DYED freeze dried rose petals. We use ivory roses that are dyed blue just after harvesting, then we freeze dry them using the same process as our other petals, ensuring the highest quality.
We have found some companies claiming to sell a broad spectrum of colors of freeze dried rose petals, but be warned, they are NOT freeze dried. If the colors available are an assortment of unnatural colors, they are mostly likely chemically treated with dyes and preservatives. While they may be real rose petals, they are nowhere near the quality of freeze dried and should not be represented as such. They will stain worse than fresh petals, are very limp, and do not look realistic at all. You can easily tell they are chemically treated petals by their unnatural color and dark veins. The veins of the petals absorb the chemicals and become darker than the petal itself.