I love real greens as much as you do. But because I decorate with Christmas greens in early November no matter what you would do to real greens they just won’t stay fresh that long. However, if you don’t decorate with fresh green until two weeks before Christmas you can keep them fresh and your home smelling like you just cut down your Christmas tree. Here are some tried and true tips for keeping live.
USE JUST CUT FRESH GREENS
Not all greens are equal! Some greens, trees, and sprays are cut week’s ahead and sit outdoors. These are not the greens you want. You want to know where your evergreens are from and when they were cut!
Greens should be subtle and bend easily. The needles should be soft and if needles or leaves are dropping off or come off or break when you pull on a branch then pass them up. Only pick greens with vibrant color and a nice strong aroma.
I cut these greens room the bushes in my yard so I know they are fresh!
GIVE YOUR GREENS A SOAK
Soak your greens in a bath of cold water for about 24 hours before using them. This will help them retain moisture. And moisture is the best friend of Christmas greens! I soak my greens in the garage or outside.
MIST YOUR GREENS
Put water in a mister and give your greens a daily mist. Just be careful if you are misting lighted greens or greens that have faux berries or flowers or bows because the color might run! Again, it’s all about moisture! You will see a big difference if your give them a mist!
WATER FRESH GREENS
If you have greens in oasis or water make sure to change the water VERY OFTEN! Keep the water clean. Just use plain water. Studies have shown that adding things like Clorox, sugar, corn syrup or even commercial supplements have no effect on the longevity of fresh cut greens.
If you have potted greens keep them moist but not wet.
KEEP GREENS AWAY FROM SUNLIGHT AND DIRECT HEAT
Direct sunlight and heat are the worst enemies of cut Christmas greens. Sunlight and heat will dry up and burn the greens making them look faded and dry and dead! Again, it’s all about moisture! Fresh cut greens are best used away from sunlight and heat.
OUTDOOR GREENS LAST LONGER THAN INDOOR
Outdoor greens last so much longer than the ones we use indoors because our homes are so dry. Heat sucks moisture out of our greens. If you use greens inside, make sure they have had a good soak and are misted!
TOUCH UP OR REPLACE TIRED LOOKING GREENS
When your greens start to look spent and needles begin falling like green snow, touch your arrangement up with new greens. If you have fresh greens in your home longer than 2 weeks you might want to plan on replacing the whole thing unless the greens are in water.
MIX REAL AND FAUX GREENS
This is really the best of both worlds. Mix live and faux greens and replace the real ones as they get tired.
USE AN ANTITRANSPIRANT
An antitranspirant is a spray that coats the leaves and needles of greens to trap the moisture in them. Your greens will last significantly longer with an application! Up to two months longer.
Just follow these simple tips and your fresh cut greens will thank you with a couple of week (or months) of vibrant beauty!