How to Keep Greenery Fresh This Holiday Season

Happy Monday! I’m thrilled to have a short week and while I’m preparing for a nice and simple Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, I am also preparing my home for the holidays!

One thing I absolutely love is fresh greenery! We always go with a real tree – it’s tradition and we absolutely love it. But real Christmas trees aren’t the only way to bring greenery into your home for the holiday season. I recently picked up some beautiful douglas fir wreaths and I intend to keep them fresh until Christmas! Since I’ve come up with some great tips on how to keep greenery fresh for my own wreaths, I thought I would share them with you! So here’s how to keep your greenery fresh this holiday season!
How to Keep Holiday Greenery Fresh

While it is best to make greenery yourself, if you do purchase fresh wreaths or garland you can still keep it looking, well, fresh. Typical greenery will last about 4 weeks with these quick and easy tips.

Soak greenery overnight in water so it can absorb as much water as possible before use. It’s all about water retention! You can soak your greenery in a tub or sink, preferably overnight to allow your greenery to absorb and retain as much moisture as possible.

Mist greenery daily. Again with the moisture, keeping your holiday greenery moist will ensure is longevity. Be sure to mist while greenery is not in direct sunlight. That will burn the greenery.

Don’t use garlands above your mantel if you plan to use the fireplace. While it looks absolutely lovely, it will dry out the greenery more quickly.
Check for freshness every few days. Remove or replace any pieces that seem dry or are brown.

Display greenery out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources.

Spray greenery with an anti-transpirant. You can find it at most nurseries. It will keep moisture in allowing greenery to look fresh longer.

If you haven’t been brave enough to try out fresh greenery yet, I encourage you to try it. It’s looks and smells wonderful! I promise, with these tips  you’ll easily be able to keep greenery fresh this holiday season!

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  1. Thanks for the tips, Chelsea! We always go with a real tree, too, and I could definitely be better about maintenance! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    ~Abby =)