How to Keep Holiday Evergreens Fresh
When buying evergreens, fresh is best. Make sure they look bright green and that there's not a lot of needle loss.
- If you receive a wreath or other evergreens by mail, unpack them immediately.
- Mist the evergreens with water; repeat every week or so.
- Evergreens will deteriorate more rapidly in warm temperatures. Try to display them in a cool place. Indoor displays should be away from heat sources and direct sunlight.
- Holly is more fragile than other evergreens. The leaves will discolor if exposed to very warm or cold temperatures. The ideal temperature range is 32 to 60 degrees F.
- If you're cutting your own fresh evergreens, be sure to wait until after frost, or at least until cool weather has arrived.
- Choose evergreens that are known to last a long time. See Good Evergreens for Cutting, at right.
- Save cuttings that have a short vase life for arrangements that only need to look good for a few days. For instance, blue spruce (Pinus pungens 'Glauca') is especially beautiful, but it drops needles within a short time.