After years of swooning over beautiful photos of live garland on Pinterest, I decided to give the naturally whimsical decoration a try! Fresh garland adds a wonderfully sweet smell of pine to your home, giving it an authentic solstice feel. It’s a great way to add a little magic to your holidays.
You can buy garland online but I had procrastinated to the point that I needed to find it locally. My first step was to find live garland in Las Vegas, which, as it turns out, is easier than you might think. I first spotted some fresh garland at a natural grocery store and immediately brought it home and put it up. One problem: it died within a week.
I was so disappointed, but I knew there had to be a way to prevent a premature death, so I went on a mission to find another garland. Luckily, I found some at a home improvement store. This time I did the research on how to keep my new favorite decor alive. After digging around in Google a bit, I developed a plan.
Here are some tips to keep your greenery fresh!
The first step to keeping your garland green and lush throughout the season is to soak it for at least 24 hours. By letting the greenery soak, you are putting any moisture lost back into the plant, which greatly aids in its survival. I use our guest bathroom as a plant spa, and by that I mean there is a constant parade of plants rolling through to get watered and trimmed. Therefore, I had no reservations about using the tub to give my garland a “bath”!
The next step is to let your garland dry completely. After my first garland experience, I found that however you let your garland dry, that is how it will stay. To avoid a misshapen mess, I decided to lay my garland out on some old towels and let it dry in a similar way to how I had planned to adorn our media area.
After you hang your garland, the key to keeping it fresh is to mist it with water every couple of days! I also found an interesting article that recommends natural plant sealing spray. I wasn’t able to find it locally, but I’m planning on ordering some to try next year. All in all, I’m happy to report that my garland is still fresh, green, and smelling delightful.
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