A designer's tip for keeping fresh-cut evergreens looking their best.
Fragrant, fresh-cut evergreens are an excellent starting point when creating festive, winter containers. Begin with a textured base of evergreen foliage. Choose your favorites such as: Noble fir, White pine, Fraser fir, boxwood, Incense cedar, Oregonia or others. Keep evergreen foliage looking its best throughout the holiday season and beyond, by including Wilt-Pruf as an important element in your design. Wilt-Pruf is a natural, pine oil emulsion that is organic, non-hazardous and biodegradable. When sprayed on, it forms a transparent and flexible protective coating that keeps plant foliage and stems from drying out through extended periods of bitter cold and drying winds. When applied to fresh evergreen wreaths, garland or container greens, Wilt-Pruf helps to prevent needle drop both outdoors and in the heated home.
Simply, follow the directions on the Wilt-Pruf bottle for the easiest application.
TIP: Spray the evergreens outside when temperatures are above freezing. Fresh greens need to be sprayed in daylight in order to activate the polymer. Spray until liquid runs off. Allow foliage to dry completely before it bringing indoors. Avoid over-spray on other surfaces by covering adjacent areas with plastic sheeting.
Wilt-Pruf isn't only a lifesaver for cut evergreens. It also provides protection for your outdoor shrubs such as boxwood, rhododendron, azalea, holly and mountain laurel. Apply Wilt-Pruf to foliage in late fall, after a few, freezing cycles. By waiting until later in the season, it will allow the plants to 'harden off' on their own. One application can last three to four months or longer... depending on the severity of the winter weather.
Happy Holidays to all!