'Tis The Season: A Guide To Holiday Greenery
It's a cinch to find information about how to take care of your holiday tree. But what about all the other holiday greenery you might want to have in your home during this time of year? If you want to bring some other plants into your home, check out this guide to what’s available and how to properly care for it.
What Are The Types Of Holiday Greenery Besides Trees?
The first thing you’ll want to decide when it comes to choosing your holiday greenery is what types you want to use to decorate your home. Here is a list of the most common types of holiday greenery besides the obvious real holiday tree or artificial holiday tree.
- Wreaths: Perhaps the most recognizable holiday greenery option is the wreath. These are often made from real, fresh pine branches that bring a lovely scent into your home. Wreaths are a great holiday greenery option for both inside and outside the home.
- Garland: Also a popular holiday decoration, real garland is another way to really get your home into the holiday spirit. Whether it’s hanging from your stair banisters or from your outdoor fence, garlands are similiar to holiday wreaths in that they can bring a lovely fresh pine scent into your home.
- Holly: Holly is one of the plants popular for incorporating into wreaths and garlands. However, it’s also lovely as a decoration on its own, especially when it has bright red berries to display.
- Poinsettia: This beautiful plant is a holiday tradition in many families. The poinsettia flowers are a beautiful red that goes well with your holiday decorations.
- Mistletoe: Everyone knows what mistletoe is for. Getting fresh, real mistletoe just adds to the excitement of this romance-inducing plant.
How Do I Care for My Holiday Greenery?
Holiday greenery looks beautiful when you place it in your home, but it doesn’t take long for these fresh plants to begin browning or wilting. The best thing you can do is to follow this care plan for all of your holiday greenery:
- Don’t Decorate Too Early: Most fresh holiday greenery will only last for two or three weeks indoors. Some decorations used outdoors may last up to four weeks. The key is to avoid decorating too early so that when the holidays actually arrive you’ll still have lovely fresh greenery to look at.
- Store It Appropriately: Until you’re ready to display your holiday greenery, it’s important to keep them in a cool location. Any plants you purchase should have their stems cut at a 45-degree angle and be placed in water as soon as possible.
- Keep Your Greenery Moist: Winter makes the air very dry, so it’s important to make sure your holiday greenery gets moisture regularly. Although misting your greenery with water is great, you should also consider picking up an anti-desiccant spray from your local nursery. This will help your holiday greenery retain moisture. This rule applies to both indoor and outdoor greenery.
- Put It In A Safe Place: It’s vital that you make sure your fresh holiday greenery is not placed too close to a heat source. This creates a serious fire hazard that could harm your family and your home. Also, for best results, keep your greenery out of direct sunlight where it’s more likely to dry up faster.
- Remove Dry Portions: If parts of your holiday greenery do dry up, it’s important to remove those parts. Always discard the dried out portions of the plant away from yoru house or garage to prevent a fire hazard.
Where Can I Shop For Holiday Greenery?
One of the best things about holiday greenery is that you may be able to get some of it for free. If you live near a wooded area, you can often find branches and other greenery that you can use for decorations.
However, if you don’t have that option or prefer particular greenery types, consider visiting your local nursery. Inquire about how long ago the greenery was cut to get an idea of how long it will last. You can also shop online for many types of plants, but make sure you find a reputable vendor who guarantees that your holiday plants will arrive fresh and green.
Holiday greenery is a simple, beautiful and cost-effective way to decorate your home for the holidays. Best of all, it’s eco-friendly, and you don’t have to worry about where to store it at the end of the season.