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Can I Compost Dried flowers?

(From the Household waste category | 2 comments - join the conversation)

dried_flowersSome parts of dried flower arrangements can be composted – it depends how it’s been put together.

The actual flower bits and any moss used to cover the base can be composted – they’re just old, dry plants after all – but if the flowers have been mounted on wires, the wires should be removed first (they can be snipped off with sharp scissors).

The foam base should not be composted – they’re usually a type of synthetic foam and though they will crunch down, it’s not something you want in your compost.

While we’re on the topic of everlasting flowers, artificial flowers – ie ones made from plastic – should definitely not be composted. Silk flowers should probably be avoided too: they often including synthetic fibres or have bits of plastic for support.

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  1. Please could you tell me the name of the orange and yellow flowers on your home page which seem to almost dry naturally on their stems? I have grown them before but can’t remember their name! I’d be grateful. Thanks.

    • I believe they’re helichrysums:

      Back when dried flowers arrangements were all the rage in the late 80s, my dad used to grow them for a local florist – he used me as child labour to pinch them off their stems and insert a wire instead. I can still feel texture of the stem underneath my thumbnail :D

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