5 Tips for Keeping Greens Fresh and Full
Fresh greenery exudes wonderful scents and colors, but if you start decorating early, you run the risk of having crumbly brown branches come Christmas Eve if you don’t take care of them correctly. This year, use these tips to keep your boughs and branches lasting well into the holiday season.
1 Soak Them.
Immerse cut branches in a large bucket of water (or even the bathtub!) for a day. Let them dry off on their own and then lightly mist with water throughout the season.
2 Spray Them.
Purchase an anti-transpirant to spray on the leaves and branches. This is a product florists use to keep the moisture trapped in the greens. (Check at your local nursery for Wilt Pruf or a similar product.)
3 Tuck Them in a Tube.
If you’re using branches in arrangements that are not easily accessible to water, place the stems inside floral water tubes. Tubes are available in clear or green so once they are nestled into the arrangement, you won’t even see them.
4 Provide a Chilly Home.
Turn the temperature down a bit in the room where you’ll be putting your Christmas tree or most of your greens. Also keep them away from heat registers. If you get cold, cuddle under a blanket.
5 Choose LED Lights.
Swap out your old incandescent lights with LEDS. They give off very little heat and won’t dry the branches like older lights can.