Did you know now is the perfect time to get fresh tree tops in place, before the cold really hits? For one thing, it’s a lot more pleasant to be out designing your pots when it’s 50 degrees, instead of 5! Tree tops can also be a lovely backdrop to an autumnal arrangement – no need to break out the decorative balls and winter berries yet. Mix in some magnolia, birch, pine cones, and gourds, or orange berries, for a look that will last until Thanksgiving, when you can quickly swap out fall for holiday accents.
How to keep your tree tops and greens fresher longer.
Isn’t it too early for tree tops, you may ask. No, it is possible to keep your tree tops fresh all winter. First, if you can, it’s always a good idea to give the ends of the tree tops a fresh cut. Soak them in a bucket of water overnight, giving them a good, long drink.
Place the tops in your container, arranging them in a pleasing shape. Water the soil thoroughly. Spray the needles with Wilt Stop, a natural product that reduces moisture loss and extends the life of your greens.
Until we have a hard freeze, spray the greens and their trunks daily with water, especially if they are in the sun. If we get a lot of rain before the freeze, you can also spray again with Wilt Stop.
When everything freezes, all you have to do is enjoy!