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How to Preserve the Colors of Fall Foliage

How to Preserve the Colors of Fall Foliage

I saw the most beautiful peach-red leaf today, one of the most beautiful fall foliage colors I have ever seen. This is a leaf I want to keep!

My mother had a trick she used to preserve the color in fall foliage leaves, and I have since seen this technique suggested in old folk formula books. It really works, and the leaves stay on the branches and keep their color for weeks. I’m happy to share this tip, and use it myself. Here is her secret:

All you need is a little bit of vegetable glycerin, water, and newly cut branches with colorful leaves. Just put about 1/2 a teaspoon into a vase full of water, stir, and then add the branches. With this, the leaves stay on the branches and keep their color for weeks. Refresh the water and glycerin every week. Pure vegetable glycerin is available in health food stores.

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By Annie B. Bond

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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9:11AM PST on Nov 21, 2012

Great tip, thanks!

8:44AM PST on Nov 15, 2012

Seeing the fall foliage is one of the reasons why I miss living in New Jersey.

2:48AM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

great ideas

3:42AM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

Nice idea. Thank you.

3:14AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

Thank you

3:09AM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

I'll have to get some vegetable glycerin before the leaves start changing! Thanks for the tip!!

9:43AM PST on Feb 15, 2012

Great ideas, thank u

4:20PM PST on Feb 4, 2012

I wouldn't want to cut the branches off for this.

11:15AM PST on Feb 3, 2012

lovely thanks!

10:29AM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

Thanks for your article. Would you read it please.
Thank you.

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