The holidays are almost here and that means families across Bucks County will soon be busting into their attics and garages to dig out their coveted decor. Whether your decor tastes are simple and sophisticated or more eccentric and outlandish, there’s nothing like incorporating some fresh holiday greenery into your home. Fresh winter plants welcome the scents of holly berries and evergreen into your living spaces, elevating the holiday season for your family and house guests alike. If you choose to incorporate fresh winter flora into your decor this year, here’s how to keep them looking fresh all season long.
- Cut correctly. If you’re using winter floral arrangements as part of your table decor, it’s important to cut them properly to maximize their ability to absorb water. For greenery that’s to be kept in water, cut the stems at a 45-degree angle so that more water can be absorbed.
- Condition properly. Winter air can be extremely dry, particularly in Bucks County. To keep your holiday greenery looking merry and bright, it’s important to maintain the moisture level of the plants you choose. Whether your greenery is hung outdoors in the cold or in the warmth of your home, condition the cuttings and treat them with an anti-desiccant spray to seal the pores and help the foliage retain their color. If you’re designing your own holiday decor from scratch, rehydrating the branches will make them easier to manipulate and ultimately helping them to last longer. To condition branches, fill a bucket with room temperature water. After diagonally cutting and gently hammering the stems (this helps open up the interior of the stem, allowing for more absorption), submerge them into the water and allow to soak for a few hours.
- Think about location. Fresh holiday greens will last inside your home for about two weeks. To keep greens looking their best, display them in areas where they won’t be hit by direct sunlight. Keep them away from sources of heat, and make sure to mist them with water daily to help them retain moisture.
- Maximize fragrance. Nothing brings out the holiday spirit like the scent of evergreens wafting throughout the home. Winter evergreens come in a variety of aromatic scents, including pine, cedar, eucalyptus, balsam, and juniper. Like flowers, you can play around with these scents to make your own bouquet. To maintain a long-lasting scent, mist the arrangement daily with water.
Learn more about decorating with holiday greens on November 18th from 10AM-12PM at Gasper, a Bucks County landscaping company. Stop by to learn how to use fresh or artificial greens in your holiday decorating.