Here is the easiest way to preserve fresh evergreens all season long. This product is safe, non toxic, biodegradable and keeps your fresh Christmas tree, wreaths and garlands lasting for MONTHS!
Fresh Evergreen Wreaths
Every year I get fresh wreaths on Black Friday for $5 and hang them on every window on the outside of my house. The are around 22″ and come with a cute red bow! I love these wreaths. The only problem was they start looking brown and dry a few weeks later.
Enter Wilt Pruf ! This stuff is amazing. It’s an anti-transpirant (prohibits transpiration and water loss in plants). Which means this natural pine oil emulsion will help your greens stay beautiful. Wilt pruf is non-hazardous, biodegradable and can also be used on your boxwoods, azaleas and rhododendrons to help protect them during the winter. You can read more about this specifics on their website, here.
Wilt Pruf comes already mixed or you can buy the concentrate. The dilution is 1:10 in the concentrate that I buy so a little goes a really long way. I used this bottle last year, this year and let my mom have some and I still have plenty left over for next year.
Using with flocking
If you like the flocked look on your fresh wreaths, then apply the wilt pruf and allow to dry completely. Then spray your wreaths with water and apply the flocking. The tutorial on how to flock a tree is here.
How to preserve your fresh evergreens using the concentrate
- Shake the wilt pruf bottle really well. You need to get the pine resin completely mixed so the liquid appears white.
- Mix your wilt pruf and water according to the directions. I had a small spray bottle so I used 2 cups of water to 3 TBSP Wilt Pruf.
- Spray the greens evenly and leave outside in the daylight for 3-4 hours (not necessarily sunlight) before bringing inside the house.
- Let dry and hang up outside the house!
- Spray any extra on your boxwoods.
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A little extra time spent prepping your evergreens will absolutely pay off in the long run. They will stay beautiful and fresh for several months.
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This is fantastic!!! I never buy fresh greenery for this very reason! I’m going to share your post with my mom! Such a great tip!
I am going to share this with a friend, she was just asking me about keeping wreaths fresh! Thanks for the tip!
I have never heard if this, this is so cool. Thanks for sharing.
Nikki Ohmes says
Do you have to put the wreaths outside? 9r can you still hang them indoors safely?
Nikki Ohmes says
Do you have to put the wreaths outside? Or can you still hang them indoors safely?
Hi Nikki! It’s completely safe to bring them indoors!
Thank you for this post! I love knowing how to get more life out of my Christmas greenery!
$5 wreaths? What a bargain! I wish I had known about this stuff last year when I was gifted with a wreath. It lasted awhile though, so maybe it was treated with something similar. I take it you only need to treat it once?
Yep Sylvia, you only need once!
I have never heard of this, thank you for sharing! I love fresh greenery in the house around the holidays, but it dries out so quickly! I will try this next time.
Wow amazing! Mine definitely wilt quick and it’s so discouraging! Thanks for the tip!