6 top tips to keep your Christmas foliage looking fresh
- Christmas Decoration
Any fresh greenery that isn't kept in water will wilt quite quickly; two weeks is probably about the limit for garlands and decorations which aren't in water.
If you want to make Christmas garlands and other decorations from fresh holly and ivy, or pine, eucalyptus and mistletoe, here's how to keep them looking good for as long as possible during the festive season.
- 1. Any fresh greenery that isn't kept in water will wilt quite quickly; two weeks is probably about the limit for garlands and decorations which aren't in water. So it's best to leave creating a garland or wreath made with foliage to just a week or so before Christmas. The same applies to 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 of the leaves and bark. The spray, which prevents water leaving the plants, is available from florists, as well as Amazon.
- 3. Heat will dry out and wilt fresh foliage fast, so try to keep the display away from radiators, fireplaces or sunny windows.
- 4. Lights can also be a source of heat. If you're thinking of lighting your garlands, go for LEDs which are much cooler than traditional fairy lights.
- 5. If some of the greenery does show signs of wilting you can replace bits of it as you go. Keep a spare stock of stems in a vase in a cool place.
- 6. Finally, spraying with a fine mist of water every couple of days can help keep it looking fresh.