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How to preserve leaves

Do you know how to preserve leaves? In previous articles, we’ve talked about how to preserve a plant forever, but is preserving plants and flower the same as leaves? How long does a preserved leaf last? In this post, from Verdissimo, the leading producer of preserved plants and flowers, we’ll answer these questions.

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Differences between preserving leaves and flowers

To preserve leaves, you must cut them at their prime moment of beauty. They should be grown with great care to get beautiful ones.

After cutting the leaves, you should start the preservation process, which consists of adding a preserving liquid (composed of glycerin, water and stabilizers) over the leaf structure for several days. This liquid is added as the leaf’s sap evaporates, leaving behind this preserving liquid.

After the preservation process, you should do a cleaning control to eliminate dirt and decay that the leaf may have suffered.

This cleaning is done to guarantee the maximum quality and beauty of the leaf, so you should do a thorough clean.

As you can see, the preservation process of leaves is very similar to that of plants and flowers. However, there’s a key difference: the preservation process for stems has a much slower preservation period and leaves don’t require drying.

In addition, after the preservation process (when the sap is replaced by the preserving liquid), flowers must be stored in a special chamber so they start to dry. They should stay in this chamber for several days, before doing the final clean.

How long does a preserved leaf last?

Preserved leaves (tropical leaves and others) like flowers, last for at least a year, as long as they’re placed in dry spaces that aren’t in direct sunlight.

However, leaves typically tend to be more resistant than flowers. They can be cleaned by using a slightly damp cloth to dust them. You can even add antistatic silicone to prevent dust from accumulating on them, which is impossible to do with preserved flowers.

Origin of preservation

The origin of preservation is related to taxidermists. They were the first to start to preserve the state of “something” so that it didn’t decay. However, taxidermists were dedicated to preserving the state of animals, and even today they continue doing so.

Farmers also developed preservation processes using glycerin, especially in Italy.

Nowadays, preservation is done in many industries and places around the world. In the floristry industry, Verdissimo plays a key role. We’re one of the leading producers of preserved plants, leaves and flowers worldwide.

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