How to preserve Italian Ruscus

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question, “how to preserve Italian Ruscus”, and discuss the different methods used to preserve Italian Ruscus.

How to preserve Italian Ruscus

Italian Ruscus can be preserved by: 

  • Cutting the stems diagonally and placing them in a vase with water
  • Preserving with glycerine
  • Preserving with bleach

How to preserve Italian Ruscus in a vase?

Do the following steps to preserve Italian Ruscus in a vase.

  1. Choose a suitable vase. The vase should be able to hold at least  4 inches of water.
  2. Remove the leaves that will be submerged in the water. If you don’t remove these
    leaves, they will contaminate the water and reduce the shelf life.
  3. Use a sharp knife to cut the stems. Cut about 1 inch from the bottom. Make a diagonal cut instead of a straight cut.
  4. Immerse the stems in the water.
  5. Place the vase away from heat and sunlight.
  6. Change the water every few days or whenever it becomes cloudy.

How to preserve Italian Ruscus with glycerine

Glycerine is a common method of preserving flowers and leaves. Vegetable glycerine has the thickness of syrup and it is colorless and odorless. Glycerine is mostly used to preserve foliage rather than flowers.

Glycerine works by replacing the water in the foliage

A half-and-half mixture of glycerine and water must be made to preserve foliage. 

Do the following steps to preserve Italian Ruscus with glycerine.

  • Make a mixture of glycerine and water. You can use tap water. The recommended ratio is half-and-half but you can adjust it.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut the stems. Cut about 1 inch from the bottom. Make a diagonal cut instead of a straight cut.
  • Immerse the cut stems in the glycerine solution. Make sure that the stems are always submerged in the solution. If the stems are not in the liquid, they will dry out and become brittle and unusable.
  • Place the container in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight.
  • The foliage will take about a week or two to take up the glycerine.
  • Leave the stems in the glycerine until the Italian Ruscus has turned completely brown.
  • Once it is brown, remove it from the glycerine solution and wash it under running water.
    Glycerine is oily so washing is necessary to remove the oily feel in the foliage.
  • Drain off the water.
  • Blot dry the foliage with paper towels and then allow it to air-dry.
  • The Italian Ruscus is now ready to be used in decorations.

If you want the glycerine-preserved foliage to last longer, keep it away from moisture. Moisture can cause mold growth.

The downside of preserving foliage with glycerine is that the dark green of the Italian Ruscus is lost and foliage will be brown. However, the texture will be preserved.

After preserving with glycerine, the Italian Ruscus can even be painted for decorations.

How to preserve Italian Ruscus with bleach

Bleaching and drying is a modern method for preserving foliage. Bleached Italian Ruscus has a high demand for wedding bouquets. Christmas decors and wreaths. 

Bleached Italian Ruscus will last for years without wilting. It is delicate and must be handled carefully. Bleached Italian Ruscus will add a beautiful contrast to flower bouquets when it is combined with fresh flowers.

The downside to bleaching is that it uses very harsh chemicals. Bleaching is usually done only professionally and must not be tried at home. Bleached Italian Ruscus is quite expensive and it is more economical to preserve them in a vase or with glycerine.

What are the uses of Italian Ruscus?

Italian Ruscus grows throughout the year and it is a long-lasting plant. 

Italian Ruscus is mainly used for decorations. It is used in flower arrangements and bouquets. Italian Ruscus is also used to decorate cakes. However, it is not edible.

How long does Italian Ruscus last?

  • Italian Ruscus is a very durable plant. It can last for about a month if you keep it in a vase with water and out of direct sunlight.
  • If you keep Italian Ruscus without a vase and water, it will still last for about 8 days.
  • Italian Ruscus preserved with glycerine will last for at least 2 years, given that you keep it away from moisture.
  • Bleached Italian Ruscus lasts for years.

What are the tips for preserving Italian Ruscus?

  • Remove the damaged and yellowed leaves before preserving them.
  • Always keep the foliage away from direct sunlight and heat.
  • Keep glycerine to preserve Italian Ruscus away from humid areas. Humidity can cause the glycerine to drip off the foliage.

Is Italian Ruscus poisonous?

Yes. Italian Ruscus is toxic. You must never eat it. 

Also, keep Italian Ruscus away from your cats and dogs. They can become severely sick if they try to eat it.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question, “how to preserve Italian Ruscus”, and discussed the different methods used to preserve Italian Ruscus.

References

https://ameliasflowertruck.com/blogs/amelias-flowers/classic-traditional-ruscus

http://extension.msstate.edu/publications/glycerin-preserved-foliage

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