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Mold on dried eucalyptus

Posted by Lakegal z7 SC (My Page) on
Thu, Oct 27, 05 at 22:08

I have two arrangements in my home made of dried eucalyptus which is molding. Is this mold harmful?
I bought the eucalyptus at a craft store and it was packaged in Indiana. We live on a lake in the southeast, but I don't think my home is THAT humid.

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RE: Mold on dried eucalyptus

  • Posted by Josh z8a AL (My Page) on
    Sun, Oct 30, 05 at 4:14

I've read of Eucalyptus being treated with glycerin and then later dripping and staining furniture or walls. Are the leaves of your Eucalyptus fairly flexible (as opposed to rather stiff and brittle)? If so, I'd bet the glycerin treatment is to blame. I've read that when using glycerin it's important to remove the foliage at the proper time...when glycerin has been absorbed by topmost leaves, then hang upside down to finish drying. I think yours was left in glycerin solution too long and didn't get a chance to thoroughly dry before being shipped out.

I'd return it to craft for another batch. Or you might try washing off mold by swishing thru soapy water...Eucalyptus is pretty tough...I don't think it would harm it. Then hang in warm airy place to dry thoroughly.

This is just my best guess..Ive dried my own Eucalyptus without glycern and never had a problem with mold. Good luck. josh

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