|MadSci Network: Botany|
I do not know an exact chemical recipe for preserving plants. However, there is a process whereby fresh plant specimens (i.e. leaves) are preserved for several years. Plant specimans that are preserved in this way are usually found in a herbarium. The specimans are preserved and then placed between plastic sheets and labelled. A collection of the preserved specimens are then placed within a bound column to make a kind of book. If you want to find out about this process, go to a university botany lab and ask to see the herbarium and the person who maintains it. I hope this helps a little. Wendy Allan
David Hershey adds the following:
Perhaps you are referring to glycerin. Wyman (1986) recommends it only for certain types of foliage such as Beech, Eucalyptus and Magnolia. The crushed ends of the branches are placed in one third glycerin, two thirds water for 3 weeks or until the you can feel the glycerin on the edges of the leaves.
The best flower drying method is silica gel.
Wyman, D. 1986. Wyman's Gardening Encyclopedia. New York: Mcmillan.
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