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.

By Annie B. Bond


Lindsay Kemp
Lindsay K5 years ago

Great tip, thanks!

Sheri J.
Sheri J5 years ago

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

Ingo Schreiner
Ingo Schreiner5 years ago

great ideas

Heidi H.
Past Member 5 years ago

Nice idea. Thank you.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe5 years ago

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

Kate B.
Kate A5 years ago

Great ideas, thank u

Kamryn M.
Kay M5 years ago

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

Rosie Lopez
Rosie Lopez5 years ago

lovely thanks!

Tim Cheung
Tim C6 years ago

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