Christina Stembel of Farmgirl Flowers reveals how to keep your holiday wreath looking and smelling fresh long after Christmas.
Advertisement

If your idea of decking the halls includes all of the Christmas wreaths, listen up: There's a good chance you're not giving your holiday wreath the TLC it needs. Just like efforts to prevent your Christmas tree from transforming into a blanket of pine needles covering your floor, every fresh wreath needs to be properly looked after once it's hung by your front door with care. Fortunately, Christina Stembel—the actual farm girl behind Farmgirl Flowers—knows a thing or two about flexing the green thumb you didn't even know you had.

According to Stembel, the minute you've selected a fresh wreath to bring home, the upkeep starts with keeping your foliage hydrated. "Revive the original intensity of your wreath's fragrance by lightly spritzing it with water once or twice a week," she says. Use a spray bottle filled with water for this, and keep the spritz intensity to its lightest setting—you're looking for a misting (not a downpour).

Looking for wintry greens that'll last? Choose a pine or cedar wreath, since these evergreens are known for holding their color. Stembel notes that pine varieties drop their needles as they dry out so, for less mess, opt for a needle-free cedar wreath.

The location of your wreath makes a different in its lifespan too. "If you prefer your wreath to stay greener longer, keep it out of direct light and heat," Stembel says. "Indoor spots like above beds and sofas will be less exposed to the elements, and your wreath will stay lusher, longer."

Stembel also stresses the importance of a good shake if your wreath got compacted in transit. "Remember to give your wreath a good zhush once you get home," she says. "Just like a good blowout, get your fingers into the foliage and add some air back to the shape." You can do this simply by working your fingers against the directionality of the greens, fluffing as you make your way around the wreath form.