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How To Mount Dried Plants

  • Herbariums use 100 percent rag paper (usually 11 1/2 by 16 1/2 inches) and white library glue. Rag paper is expensive and hard to obtain (available from some biological supply houses), so you will probably want to use a good quality, fairly stiff white paper instead.
  • Arrange the specimen on the paper and place dabs of glue in several places to hold it down securely.
  • Make a clean copy of the identification card and attach it to the paper in the lower right-hand corner.
  • Put the mounted plant in the freezer for a few days to kill any insects.
  • As an added precaution, you can put the specimen in a clear plastic bag and put that into an opaque envelope. Sprinkle mothballs in the storage area to discourage pests. (Caution: Mothballs are poisonous. Handle with care and wash your hands afterward.)