We love a Christmas wreath hanging on the door to herald in the holiday spirit! But how to care for a wreath, especially in this tropical heat? How long does a Christmas wreath last? And when is the best time to buy one?
It depends on what type of wreath – is a hanging or table wreath? Fresh or dried or preserved? We have talked to the experts, read on for tips on how to keep your Christmas wreath fresh longer!
How long does a fresh Christmas wreath last?
It depends on what type of wreath – is it a hanging wreath or a table centerpiece? A hanging wreath will not have a source of water in the wreath structure. The structure of a fresh hanging wreath will likely be made of cardboard, wood, or straw none of which will retain water to keep your greens and blooms fresh. Spritz or mist the wreath with fresh water once daily to keep pine branches and other foliage fresh and green. After a week or so the greens will start to dry in place; it is a different look but also lovely.
A table centrepiece wreath is designed to rest on a table or flat surface and will have an underlying source of water in the structure or floral sponge. To care for a table centrepiece mist with water or add fresh water to the structure. These wreaths are designed to rest on a flat surface and not hang vertically, often with a candle at the centre to elevate the festive look.
A subtle pine scent adds to the ambient festive atmosphere – but do avoid scented candles at mealtimes as it distracts from the meal!
How long does a dried wreath last?
Dried wreaths can be made of thin branches intertwined into a circle with dried leaves and flowers or a metallic frame with preserved blooms and branches.
Sometimes decorative items such as cinnamon bark or dried orange slices are included – these add a subtle festive scent as well as rustic look. The dried branches could be eucalyptus leaves, cotton stems, and other unusual items. Dried wreaths should not be watered or misted at all, as the water combined with the ambient heat will encourage mold. Dried wreaths can last many weeks, up to several months and more depending on how delicate the dried elements are.
A fresh Christmas wreath with dark greens and fresh colourful blooms is so festive – these are generally table centrepieces as the fresh flowers need water to stay beautiful. Fresh blooms will last only a few hours without water and are generally not included in hanging wreaths as they will wilt very quickly. Think of a bouquet of roses out of the water for 2 hours….
A wreath that combines fresh pine with dried elements requires very little care – it will gradually, over the course of 5-10 days, dry in shape. This is a lovely way to keep a wreath beyond the holiday season – they are lovely at all times of the year!
So how long will your Christmas wreath last?
Is it a hanging wreath with dried flowers and foliage, or it is a table centrepiece with fresh blooms?
- A dried wreath can last for months, even in our tropical climate.
- A fresh hanging wreath, if misted daily, will stay fresh and green for up to a week to 10 days, after that it will start drying and change look. Dried it can keep as long as a dried wreath.
- A fresh table centrepiece will likely keep fresh 5 days with regular watering; you can also carefully remove flowers that start to wilt if the remaining stems are still beautiful.
Would you like to learn to make a festive wreath? Visit Fleurica’s Workshops page for all types of wreath making workshops and available dates in December 2020! Find Flowers Online in Singapore at Fleurica today!