Beautiful House / Mark Scott
If you’ve made garlands, wreaths or other Christmas decorations with fresh holly and ivy, or pine, eucalyptus and mistletoe, here’s how to keep your Christmas foliage looking its best for as long as possible. during the holiday season.
1. Any fresh greenery that is not kept in water will wilt fairly quickly. two weeks is probably the limit for garlands and decorations that are not in water. It is therefore best to leave the creation of a garland or a wreath of foliage to about a week before Christmas. The same goes for hanging mistletoe.
2. You can do your best to extend the time by spraying the holly and ivy with an anti-desiccant spray such as Wilt Pruf to seal the pores in the leaves and bark. The spray, which prevents water from leaving the plants, is available from florists.
3. Heat will cause fresh foliage to wilt and dry out quickly, so try to keep the screen away from radiators, fireplaces or sunny windows.
4. Lights can also be a source of heat. If you plan to light your fairy lights, opt for LEDs that are much cooler than traditional fairy lights.
5. If your greenery Is show signs of wilting, you can replace pieces as you go. Keep a supply of stems in a vase in a cool place.
6. Finally, spraying a fine mist of water every other day can help keep it looking fresh.
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