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How To Preserving Herbs With Glycerin


Preserving herbs and plants with glycerin is a great way to get fantastic results for bouquets and wreaths, displays and gifts. Try preserving your favorite herb in this unique fashion.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: Thirty Minutes

Here's How:

  1. Cut your chosen material. Remove any lower and damaged leaves.

  2. Choose a container that is large enough to hold the stems upright.

  3. Mix 1 part glycerin with 2 parts of near boiling water.

  4. Pour some into the container and insert the stems so they are standing in about 3 inches of liquid.

  5. Keep in a cool, dark place,inspecting the plants weekly.

  6. When all the leaves have changed color the process is finished. This may take 1 to 8 weeks.

  7. Continue to check the level of the solution in the container all the time to keep it at the maximum level until the plants are finished.

  8. Once complete, simply pat dry with a paper towel and hang upside down for a few days before using.


  1. Use fleshy or woody varieties for this method.

  2. Keep the solution at the maximum level at all times.

What You Need

  • Evergreens, eucalyptus, roses, tree stems, holly with or without berries, ferns
  • Glycerin
  • Boiling water
  • Large container to hold stems upright
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