Fresh Wreath Care

Wreaths aren’t cheap, and so many will go out early to purchase them and get that Christmas smell fix.

What many may not realize is that just like fresh Christmas trees need to be kept in water, fresh greenery needs moisture to retain needles.

So how are we suppose to do this? It depends on whether you hang wreaths indoors or outdoors. Let me explain.

First, make sure you purchase a relatively fresh product. The needles should be green and somewhat soft. Losing some needles is common, so shake it to get any loose ones out before putting it in your car or living room.

Next, select your location wisely. If you are leaving the wreaths outdoors and it’s fairly cool, the wreath shouldn’t need much attention.

If our temperatures warm up, as they usually do, get a clean spray bottle and mist it with water generously a few times a week.

Another way to re-hydrate a wreath is to place it in a container with some water, making sure to put the backside in since this is where the cut stems are located.

(If you have decorations on your wreath that could be damaged by water, those should be removed before misting.)

If you hang greenery indoors, it is going to dry out more quickly as heaters run and because the air is dehumidified. Misting is very important to the longevity of indoor wreaths.

(Again, watch for items that can be water-damaged.)

A fresh wreath placed indoors will likely only last two weeks.

That’s good to know, so you can hold off buying it until closer to your Christmas entertaining or if you purchase one early, leave it outdoors for the next couple of weeks.

In either location, try to avoid direct sunlight.

Outdoors, hang the wreath in a shady area if possible.

If indoors, before hanging your fresh greenery, make sure it is not close to a window, a heat source or a vent, since this will expedite the drying-out process.

Fresh greenery is wonderful, and you’ll be much happier with it by taking these steps and keeping it fresh well into the Christmas season.