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Old 02-18-2021, 11:13 AM
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Hello.
This is an idea that has been lingering on my mind lately and I hope I can enlist your help.
I think I'm gonna make an "orchid display" as a project.
Similar to a butterfly display (I think that's what they're called, everyone has seen them; real butterflies framed in glass).
I have no idea how to preserve the orchids in some way such that they don't wither much and they gain a bit of hardness.
I was wondering whether I can use epoxy resin or something similar to preserve them?
I'm open to ideas and suggestions, I'll also be posting as the idea goes forward here.
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Sounds like an interesting idea. Do you plan on preserving the entire plant, or just the flowers? I had a neighbor that raised a lot of roses, and grew-out many new hybrids as "a tester" for Jackson & Perkins (before J&P would put them on the market).

He had a display (glass case that hung on a wall) showcasing many of his rose flowers. I have no idea how he preserved those flowers. It was a very attractive display and definitely caught your attention.

Maybe you could talk with someone at a museum in your area and ask if they know how to preserve plants/flowers (long term) for a display.

The 'preserving thing' sparked my interest, so I took the easy route (google is sometimes your friend) and found a link that talks about preserving rose flowers. It might be worth a read, and maybe it could also apply to orchids.

8 Ways to Preserve Roses and Other Types of Flowers - Dengarden - Home and Garden
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Old 02-18-2021, 01:40 PM
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I want to do this too!!! Let me know how it turns out. Very interesting & informative site posted by WisdomSeeker.
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Sounds like an interesting idea. Do you plan on preserving the entire plant, or just the flowers? I had a neighbor that raised a lot of roses, and grew-out many new hybrids as "a tester" for Jackson & Perkins (before J&P would put them on the market).

He had a display (glass case that hung on a wall) showcasing many of his rose flowers. I have no idea how he preserved those flowers. It was a very attractive display and definitely caught your attention.

Maybe you could talk with someone at a museum in your area and ask if they know how to preserve plants/flowers (long term) for a display.

The 'preserving thing' sparked my interest, so I took the easy route (google is sometimes your friend) and found a link that talks about preserving rose flowers. It might be worth a read, and maybe it could also apply to orchids.

8 Ways to Preserve Roses and Other Types of Flowers - Dengarden - Home and Garden
Hey, I plan on cutting the flowers from a reasonable distance but as close to the flower as I can, preserving the entire plant would be a bit harder and also unnecessary, also I would lose one of my beloved Psychopsis, which I really really don't want!

Your reply and the story about your neighbor makes me think at least it's possible, so it really gets me hyped, I think I'll give myself a week or so as a reasonable time frame to research enough information.

I will definitely try to find someone up to speed on these matters, and I'll give your link a good, careful read, thank you!
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People preserve flowers by drying in silica. You can easily find instructions.
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