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Our Best Tips To Care For Live Evergreens

Updated: Dec 24, 2022

Live evergreens appreciate the same TLC that you would give fresh cut flowers. Here are some tips to help your evergreens last well into the New Year.

First things first: please forage responsibly! Only cut from your properties that you have permission to be on. Only remove low branches or boughs at the point of origin on the stem (called "pruning cuts") and never cut off the tips of branches or the top of the tree— that's a death sentence to the plant! Do not overcut, damage branches, or ruin the overall aesthetic of the tree.

Ok, now that we've got that out of the way...let's get on with these super handy tips!

Keep live evergreens away from heat sources like your fireplace, wood stove, radiator, or floor heating vent. Evergreens kept indoors should be misted with cool water daily to prevent moisture loss and browning (which then becomes a fire hazard).

If your front door wreath is looking a little crispy, that's a sign that it's thirsty! As an insurance policy you can spritz with cool water every few days. Or it it's really bad— leave out overnight in rain or snow or soak in your bathtub in 1/2" of water for 30 minutes to one (1) hour (just remember to remove the bow first).

Evergreens kept in a vase arrangement prefer the same care routine as fresh cut flowers: give the stems ends a snip each time you change the vase water, and wash the vase thoroughly with a drop of bleach to prevent bacteria growth. They will last for weeks!

To store bulk evergreens: keep smaller branches in buckets of water in your basement of garage, topping up with water as needed. Larger boughs can be kept outdoors on a tarp and pack the ends with snow if you have some lying around. Don't place live evergreens directly on concrete or metal for more than a day or two as they will freeze and/or draw moisture out of the needles.

•Many evergreens release a sticky sap or resin that can be tricky to get off of hands and clothing. Your best course of action is to dab the spot with rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer and then follow up with your regular washing routine. If you're not sure, do a test spot first and don't place in the dryer until the spot is removed to your liking or it will set the stain.

(PS. this tip works for pruner blades, and handles as well!)

Using these tips, you can expect to see several extra weeks of life out of your evergreens.

Which tip was the most helpful or surprising to you?

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