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What can be done to ensure that a lulav stays green and does not dry out?

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In my experience, it helps to keep them in a cool, dark, and dry place -- cool and dry to avoid problems with mold (mold apparently enjoys moisture and warmth), and dark to avoid bleaching in the light.

I have never had a problem with a lulav when stored in this way, while the already passul lulavim that I used to make rings out of dried to the point of being white when left in a lit room, at room temperature after about a week.

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  • A lulav will really dry out within a week sufficiently to be invalid? – Double AA Oct 13 '14 at 6:02
  • @DoubleAA It certainly doesn't look nice, but I can't say for certain about its validity for use. – MTL Oct 13 '14 at 6:08
  • Tosfos seem to think that it isn't invalid until it's so dry that it can be crumbled, but the Rosh (and Ritva) quoting the Raavad say that it's invalid when its leaves turn white. That takes a lot more than a week... – הנער הזה Nov 13 '14 at 15:11
  • @Matt Okay....like I said before, it's more of an issue of not looking nice. Did it sound like I was talking about making it passul? – MTL Nov 13 '14 at 15:55
  • Yes, by linking the Mishna/Gemara – הנער הזה Nov 13 '14 at 17:41

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