The latest from head grower Oliver Storm are his best advice for holiday greens. Here goes:
- Buy them early for the best selection and ideal freshness.
- When you bring fresh-cut greens home, keep them in a protected area (like a garage) to protect them from wind and sun until you're ready to decorate.
- If possible, immerse them in water for a day or two, then remove and dry in a protected area before use.
- Spray all greens, wreaths, roping, and swags with an anti-desiccant - like Wilt-Pruf or Wilt Stop - before use. These products act as a clear and flexible protective coating that prevents moisture loss in stems, needles and leaves. However, do NOT use them on junipers or berries.
- Never hang fresh greens between a main door and storm door that receives direct sun. This will create a greenhouse effect and cause greens to dry out and drop needles.
- Daily misting with water will help to prolong the life of fresh-cut greens.
- When using lights on fresh-cut greens, use the newer LED type - they have a longer life and are not hot like the older incandescent lights.
- Extend the life of your fresh-cut greens by lowering the thermostat.
What We Carry
Types of greens: Boxwood, Douglas fir, Holly (green or variegated), Incense Cedar, Juniper, Noble Fir, Princess Pine, Silver Fir, White Pine, Western Cedar, Magnolia, and Oregonia.
For Accents: Baby's Breath, Eucalyptus, Birch branches, Caspia, Curly willow, Red Twig Dogwood, Scotch Broom, Winterberry stems, and pine cones.