Decorating with holiday greens is one of our favorite things. We love being able to use something that we can find here on the farm to decorate or make a wreath with.
Learning how to make these holiday greens last will ensure that you will be able to keep them up all winter long.
If you are purchasing from a large store, they may have had those greens stocked for several days or weeks before you are purchasing them. This may affect how long your holiday greens will last.
Purchasing from a local source may mean fresher cuts and locally sourced greens meaning your garlands and wreaths will last weeks longer than the big box store.
If you notice any browning on the tips of the evergreens, this is a sign that these greens have been cut for some time, already and may be losing moisture. The needles will become brittle and start falling off if they are away from a water source too long.
Measure the length of the banister or the width of the mantel, then calculate 1 1/2 times that dimension. Example: 6′ wide mantel x 1.5= 9′ of garland. This length will allow for a swag or give between bows or contact points.
You could also wrap a piece of string or yarn around the column or railing in the same way that your garland would be positioned. Then measure your piece of string with a tape measure.
Regardless of style, most garlands can be made at six feet long. Be sure to measure your door and determine if you want the garland to go all around the door or just a little on top. I love this video tutorial from Balsam Hill that shows you how to measure around your door for garland.
If you have a porch pot in your care, it’s likely filled with a soil or sandy mixture. By placing your winter porch pot outside and it may receive a dose or two of precipitation, and your pot should be just fine. If your pot is in a drier environment, you will want to water the pots soil to keep your greens staying fresh and fragrant throughout the winter season.
This is a spray that provides a protective waxy coating to reduce water loss from an evergreen’s foliage. Any of the products below will help your greens last the longest possible by locking in the moisture.
After they are applied, you should not need to mist with water as the waxy coating will prohibit the greens from receiving the water.
Here are a few that we have used with success before:
The simple answer is yes!! Here’s what we do. Grab your favorite spray bottle.
Fresh greenery will last indoors for about 2 weeks; it will last longer outdoors in colder climates. Keeping greenery away from direct sunlight and heat sources as well as misting daily with water will help cutting last longer.
Wreaths and garland that are positioned out of direct sunlight outside could last up to 4-6 weeks. Misting with water will help keep them fresh, longer.
A simple bottle of water will do the trick. BUT you could also use an anti-desiccant spray. This is a spray that provides a protective waxy coating to reduce water loss from an evergreen’s foliage. (See above for some our favorites.)
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