Asked on Aug 09, 2017

How long will eucalyptus leaves last as a garland .

  13 answers
  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Aug 09, 2017
    I've had luck with dried eucalyptus leaves for several years in small groupings. As long as you gently dust it, and keep it from being exposed to extremes, it should last a couple of years at least.

  • Nancy Nancy on Aug 09, 2017
    they will last a while and they dryout even better look

  • TW TW on Aug 09, 2017
    I have had some so long that they need dusting :) They are one of my most favorite smells. And if you live in a region where there are lots of mosquitos, they do not like eucalyptus at all!! I have added the essential oil to baby oil and lightly oiled myself and no bites. And if you have no essential oils, but you do have Vicks Vaporub, it works just as good.

  • Sunny C Sunny C on Aug 09, 2017
    Hello Monica; I had some that looked really nice for more than four years. I gently wiped them with a damp rag when I dusted.
    I hope that this answers your question and helps you!!! Take Care!

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Aug 09, 2017
    Hi Monica

    Here's an article that explains how to preserve them so they last a long time.

    Good luck

  • Suz Colbeth Suz Colbeth on Aug 09, 2017
    If you are looking to make garland of seeded ecu or silver dollar ecu. They really like being in water. Once you make it or purchase it soak it in the bathtub for 24hrs. Let it drain to dry to the touch and spray liberally with Wilt-Proof . It should extended it for a couple weeks. Test on a few branches, before you invest in the full garland. Good Luck!

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Aug 09, 2017
    They should last indefinitely. They are a great choice for using in arrangements for this reason.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Aug 09, 2017
    My mom had eucalyptus leaves in an artificial arrangement for years and they still looked good.

  • 13526476 13526476 on Aug 09, 2017
    Purchased eucalyptus leaves can last forever (or until you get tired of them). I do keep wreaths, etc., made of eucalyptus leaves out of direct sunlight or harsh outside conditions. I use the low setting of the hairdryer to "dust" the leaves as they need it. (I have preserved lemon leaves by putting the twigs into glycerin for a couple of weeks which culminated in leathery, bendable leaves that smelled wonderfully, and lasted forever, too.)

  • Terry Terry on Aug 10, 2017
    I have some eucalyptus leaves that are at least 3 years old and they look the same as I bought them. Their fragrance has disappeared but they still look great.

  • Delicia Ambrosino Delicia Ambrosino on Aug 11, 2017
    One of the best things to use for any type leave is vegetable glycerin. You can buy it cheap at dollar stores. Place your leaves in a square container similar to those pink hospital wash basins they provide. Making sure the leaves have no dew or water from rain place a layer of leaves down and cove with glycerin. Continue as in lasagna style till you run out of either leaves or glycerin. Let your leaves soak in this for 3 to 4 weeks depending on the thickness accumulated. Every now and again give them a back and forth shake to make sure the glycerin covers all parts of the leaves. Once the leaves have absorbed as much glycerin as possible remove them and blot excess off. Lay out on old clean rags as they may "sweat" glycerin. Blot as needed. These leaves seem to last forever and whats really great about this technique is they don't lose their color unless placed in direct sunlight. The glycerin also doesn't hinder the smell of eucalyptus either...or any other plant material. The best time to use leaves is when they are at the leathery stage just before totally drying out. Any skinny stems attached to leaves can remain if so desired but give an extra week just to be sure they have absorbed it. In fact, branches with a small circumference can be placed in a jar that is filled with glycerin. Just mash the ends a bit to maximize the stems uptake of glycerin. dabbing the excess off will still need to be done until the plant material doesn't "sweat" anymore and they are buffed. Also keep in mind that any real plant material will need cleaning and it isn't as easy as cleaning cloth flowers. It has to be done manually and carefully.

  • Valerie Esposito Valerie Esposito on Oct 11, 2018

    strangest thing- my dried eucalyptus over a year old just started oozing red I know it is odd and they are not in water either? Can find anything on the web about only that eucalyptus trees bleed when they are not well 🤷‍♀️