Introduction:Traditional evergreen wreaths adorn the front door of homes across the US to welcome the Christmas season. In northern areas, where weather is cold, these wreaths keep fresh for months without any care. But in warmer areas of the country evergreen wreaths require special care to keep them fresh.
If you are purchasing an evergreen wreath, choose one that is fresh. Needles should be pliable and bend easily. If needles are stiff and brittle the wreath is already dangerously dry.
If you are making your own wreath begin with fresh evergreens. Grasp a bundle of evergreens and shake them. If needles fall from the branch or needles feel dry and stiff, they are already past their prime. Soak fresh evergreens in water overnight to allow them to absorb the maximum amount of water they can hold. Allow to dry and then spray with Wilt-Pruf to help hold in moisture. Finished wreaths can also be sprayed with Wilt-Pruf.
When displaying your wreaths outside, place them in a location out of direct sunlight. A few hours of morning light is fine, but the hot rays from the afternoon sun dries wreaths quickly.
If you choose to bring your wreath inside for that special dinner or Christmas gathering, wait until the last minute to do so. Display away from heat sources and move back outside once the party is over.
If you purchase your wreaths early and want to keep them fresh until time for decorating, always store them in a cool area out of direct sunlight.
With a little care, your evergreen wreath will last for weeks--or months--depending on your location.
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