How to keep Christmas greenery fresh | Julie Blanner

Get simple tips and tricks for keep Christmas greenery fresh and fragrant to enjoy throughout the holiday season, without the mess.

Bring green wreaths and fresh Christmas wreaths into your home for the holidays without fear of them drying out too soon.

A fresh green wreath above the entrance to a white dining room.

I have long preferred to decorate with fresh Christmas greenery for the holidays. Bringing the outdoors in brings your home to life, adds a lovely and festive scent and eliminates the need to store decor.

I love to chat about Christmas greenery and garlands with you. I have a good round of Lighthouse garland and Cedar garlands also, where it is easy to buy both fresh and imitation garlands for your home!

Fresh Christmas greenery and light above a kitchen window

You can learn too how to make a preserved boxwood wreath, how to improve a wreath from the grocery store, make one DIY Christmas wreath and create this midpoint of winter here!

Over the years I have discovered a few ways to extend the life of our fresh green wreaths, wreaths and stems as long as possible.

Today we will collect the best products, tips and tricks to keep your holiday greener and fresher fresh for a longer time.

Fresh Christmas greenery tied on a door frame with a ribbon.

Why you’ll love fresh Christmas greens

  • Fragrance
  • Often cheaper than faux
  • A more natural drape
  • Feels luxurious and special

For me, it’s worth a little extra effort to incorporate live Christmas wreaths, live green garlands and stalks of greenery into our decor. With these easy steps, you can extend the life of your greens and enjoy them all season long.

Fresh Christmas garlands on a staircase in a white entryway of a home.

Tips

  • Buy the freshest greens you can find.
  • Soak in water overnight before hanging.
  • The use anti-drying spray (also called an anti-transparent) to help seal in the moisture.
  • You can also buy the anti-desiccant as a concentrate that can be mixed with your water before you soak your fresh vegetables. I’ve found this to be less messy than the spray bottle of Wilt Pruf and perhaps even more thorough, ensuring all the greens are covered.
  • Mist your fresh green garlands and wreaths every 2-3 days for extra moisture.

Fresh Christmas greenery tied with a bow on a brass cabinet pull.

How to keep live Christmas wreaths fresh

  1. Store them in a cool place until ready to use. A garage, unfinished basement or refrigerator are all viable options.
  2. Before hanging, submerge live wreaths in enough water to feed the cut stems overnight. This helps them absorb as much moisture as possible before use.
  3. The use anti-drying spray to seal the moisture.
  4. To maintain, spray it back of the wreath with water so that the cut stems can drink the water. This will preserve its fragrance and extend its life. You can also spray the front of living wreaths and garlands.
  5. If possible, keep them out of sunlight and away from heating vents. Dry, hot air will dry out your live greens more than anything else!
A fresh Christmas wreath in a half bathroom with white walls

Keep live garlands fresh

  1. Store them in a cool area until ready to use. A garage, unfinished basement or refrigerator are all viable options.
  2. The use anti-drying spray to seal the moisture. Don’t skip this step!
  3. Spray the garland with water every 2-3 days to extend its life. I like using this glass spray bottle.
  4. If it is possible, keep them out of sunlight and away from heat vents.
Fresh Christmas green garland over an entrance hall in a creamy kitchen.

Note: Some garlands even look prettier as they dry! Stair garland has always been my favorite to incorporate. It is so dramatic and dresses stairs so beautifully. We usually enjoy our green wreath on our stairs for 3-4 weeks!

Fresh Christmas garlands on a staircase in a white entryway of a home.

How to keep Christmas greenery fresh

One of my favorite tricks is to simply buy long fresh stems of holiday greenery to incorporate into vases and containers throughout my home.

In fact, you can use loose Christmas greenery anywhere! I tie them on chandeliers, ours kitchen island lanternson brass door handleand so much more.

Fresh Christmas greenery tied with a bow on a glass doorknob.
  1. Store them in a cool place until ready to use. A garage, unfinished basement or refrigerator are all viable options.
  2. Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle with pruner and place in water that is room temperature.
  3. If they are to be used in a fresh Christmas wreath or wreath, gently crush the exposed stem with a small hammer. Allow the stalks to drink water for a few hours after cutting them before integrating them. Christmas greenery tied with a pink bow on a marble table top.
  4. The use anti-drying spray to seal the moisture.
  5. If possible, keep them out of sunlight and away from heating vents and fireplaces.
  6. If you have your green stems in a vase of water, make sure to change the water every other day. Clean, fresh water is ideal for extending the life of holiday greens.
  7. Spray the fresh Christmas greenery with water every 2-3 days to extend its life. I like using this glass spray bottle.
A bowl of silver bells and fresh greens on a wooden table

Frequently asked questions

What is the best green to use indoors?

Pine, spruce, cedar and English holly tend to do better indoors than other greens. Additionally, boxwood is often a good option for fresh green garlands and wreaths because it dries beautifully and tends to stay in place without falling.

How long do Christmas greens last?

Indoors, live Christmas wreaths and fresh green garlands can last two to three weeks when properly cared for. Outdoors, in cooler climates, they can last much longer.

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