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Glycerine in roses

Hi, I’m trying to find a small company that preserves roses by using glycerine in the water.
I once saw some at a small show and am now trying to find them to purchase some.  I’ve tried doing it myself but having no success would like info. Does anyone know the radio of glycerine to water etc. Also technic on how to do this. Cheers Valerie 


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,800
    This site tells you how to do it

    Hope that's of some help.  :)
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  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,459
    I think the usual advice is 2 to 1 (water to glycerine). You need to crush the ends of the stems. It takes days, even weeks to do, during which time you have to keep topping up the water/glycerine mix so the stems stay pretty well submerged. My Mum did this with some beech leaves one time. Took about 3 weeks, I think.

    If you google 'preserving blooms in glycerin' you'll find lots of advice and videos.
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  • Many thanks @Dovefromabove, @raisingirl .
    web site good and I’ve ordered as I’m needing this within a month. Having read your info. Raisingirl I’m having a go when I get more glycerine. It sounds like a long time to get the preservation right. Cheers Valerie 
  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    I did this years ago with beech leaves as well I think but the leaves did turn out to be slightly sticky.
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  • @hogweed, yes, so did I. It was all the rage for flower arrangers, but the sticky feel attracted dust on mine. Valerie  
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