5 Tips for Keep­ing Greens Fresh and Full

Country Sampler Holiday Homes December 2018 - - Holiday Basics -

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.

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