I shared my Christmas Cedar Topiaries and Garland with you yesterday and I had several questions about keeping the Cedar Fresh through out the Holidays.
How to Keep Christmas Greenery Fresh is not as difficult as you might think. Although I’m not a professional, here are some simple tips that I use when I start to cut the fresh greenery.
What are the best Christmas Greeneries?
The easiest answer to this question is any evergreen that you have growing in your landscape or property. Some will last longer than others but all look beautiful in containers during the holidays.
Here are some of my favorites to use during Christmas!
- Pine, Leyland Pine, Spruce,
Nandina is so beautiful during the holidays and the red berries make it perfect for
In addition, I love to use fresh herbs such as Rosemary and Sage. Both are hardy and are usually still available through the holidays here in the south.
You can see the Herb and Dried Fruit Garland I made using fresh herbs here.
How to Keep Christmas Greenery Fresh
First, you want to hydrate your greenery. This should begin immediately after you cut.
You can fill containers with water to place the fresh cutting into immediately.
Leave in the water for as long as 24 hours before using the cuttings in your arrangement.
Another method is submerge the entire plant in cold water and leave for approx. 24 hours. You want your evergreens to absorb as much water as possible.
Arrange in Water
It’s easy to add water to most containers. I’ve shared how I add tin cans to baskets and large containers that are not water proof to hydrate plants and flowers. This method works great for evergreens as well.
Here, a combination of Nandina, Cedar and Rosemary create a festive Christmas arrangement in a milk glass vase which can hold water.
Which Greenery last the longest
Obviously all greenery will last longer when watered properly, however some greenery will last longer than others.
Magnolia leaves are excellent for Christmas Decorating because they last so long. Their leaves can begin to curl and turn brown after a few weeks if placed in a hot space or close to a heat vent. .
When harvested in the winter, Boxwood will last for months without water. The leaves will be brittle but still look fresh. Just don’t touch them. LOL
Cedar and Leyland Pine are both long lasting if you don’t touch them. They maintain an evergreen appearance for some time although they have become brittle.
When It’s impossible to add Water
Garlands and topiaries are examples of greenery applications that will dry out quickly. See the Cedar & Orange Topiary tutorial on this post.
However, you can prolong the freshness by watering as suggested above before arranging the greenery.
Then avoid placing close to heat vents.
Finally, mist the greenery with water daily.
Be cautious to not damage the area around your garlands. If possible, bring the greenery to a sink to mist.
In addition, some greenery will leave a stain when misted. Be sure to take precautions to protect your floors, railings, tabletops, etc.
Some suggest using a wilt stop such as this one, however I’ve not tried this so can’t say if it’s worth the cost.
What if it’s faded and you don’t want to replace
This is another great tip for faded greenery as well as faded moss. Just add a drop or two of green food coloring to your water before misting.
This will instantly refresh the look of your greenery. The same precautions apply as above.
Use with Caution
The green food coloring can stain and precautions should be taken to avoid damaging walls, floors, etc.
Fresh Christmas Greenery Outdoors
I love to use fresh greenery in existing flower pots and containers.
Just place stems into dirt to hold them in place.
See The Secret to Making Fresh Cedar Garland on this post.
Mix Fresh with Faux
Another way to make your fresh greenery look better longer is to mix fresh with faux.
The cedar and pine wreath is made using a faux pine wreath but adding sprigs of fresh cedar to make it look fuller and more natural.
Christmas Greenery left outdoors will stay fresh much longer than what you bring indoors.
When decorating for an event, such as a Christmas Party, I usually cut inside greenery the week of the event.
If cut too early, you may have to replace before your guest arrive.
Boxwood in a recycled tuna can adds a festive touch to a side table vignette.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you.