We’ve talked about how to make our freshly cut flowers last longer, but as the Christmas season rolls around, we also have to worry about making our wreaths last longer as well. One of the most popular ways to decorate our homes for the holidays is to hang a Christmas wreath on our front door. Yet, when you buy your wreath on December 1st, you want to make sure that it lasts until December 25th, else why are you even bothering with buying one in the first place? Here we go through everything that you need to do to make your Christmas wreath remain fresh up until Christmas morning and beyond.
Choose your wreath wisely
When you head to your local florist to pick out your wreath, there are a few things to keep an eye out for. Namely, the freshness of the foliage. While you may get distracted by the decorative bows and ornaments, you really should pay attention to the greenery underneath. Inspect the wreath closely—is the foliage intact? Are the leaves brittle? By getting a wreath that’s at the beginning of its life, rather than the end, it’ll be sure to last you until Christmas.
Pick a location out of the sun
The majority of people tend to hang their wreaths on their front doors, but you might want to rethink this if your door receives a lot of sunlight. If your wreath gets a ton of direct sunlight, then it’ll dry out quickly and won’t last for the rest of December. Hanging it inside usually isn’t the best alternative, as wreaths that remain inside only last for a couple weeks. Instead, find a shady spot outside for your Christmas wreath to enjoy this holiday season.
Make sure it’s hydrated before hanging
When you first bring your Christmas wreath home, you may think that it doesn’t need immediate care. Well, think again! Wreaths need to stay hydrated if they’re going to last beyond a few weeks. So, before you hang it up, place your wreath face-up in a shallow container, checking to make sure that the entire wreath (including stray leaves and branches) can fit inside. Then, fill the container with enough water so that the wreath is covered. Leave it in there to soak for at least a full day before hanging it.
And then keep it hydrated
Once that first full day has passed, you’re free to hang your wreath where you like (keeping in mind our point about direct sunlight). Once you’ve hung your wreath, though, don’t think that you can just leave it be. On the contrary, you’ll need to keep it hydrated for the rest of the time you intend to keep it up. In order for your wreath to retain moisture, then, you’ll need to spritz it with a spray bottle once a day if you live in a dry climate, or a couple times a week if you live in a more humid climate.
Consider a protective coating
While you’re at it, you can also spray your wreath with a spray-on product such as Wilt Pruf. This is essentially a protective coating that can be used on all of your Christmas greenery, not just your wreath. They’re non-toxic, so you don’t have to worry about any dangerous chemicals coming near your family, but do keep in mind that you have to apply it before adding any decoration. In that respect, a spray-on product is best if you buy your wreath without decorations, intending to decorate it yourself.
By taking these steps, your Christmas wreath should last until Christmas morning and beyond. If you’re looking for more tips on how to care for your Christmas wreath, or if you’re still searching for the perfect wreath for your home, then contact Mills Florist today at 650-326-3443.