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This florist-approved trick makes your Christmas wreath last longer

Christina Stembel of Farmgirl Flowers reveals how to keep your holiday wreath looking and smelling fresh long after Christmas.

If your idea of decking the halls includes all of the Christmas wreaths then listen up, because there's a good chance you're not giving your holiday wreath the TLC it needs. Just like the extra attention you need to provide your Christmas tree to prevent a blanket of pine needles from covering your floor, every real wreath needs to be properly looked after once it's hung by your front door with care. Fortunately, Christina Stembel—the actual farm girl behind Farmgirl Flowers—knows a thing or two about flexing the green thumb you didn't even know you had.

According to Stembel, once you've selected a fresh wreath to bring home, the upkeep starts with keeping your foliage hydrated. "Revive the original intensity of your wreath's fragrance by lightly spritzing it with water once or twice a week," she says. Use a spray bottle filled with water for this, and keep the spritz intensity to its lightest setting—you're looking for a misting (not a downpour).

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Looking for a wintry green that'll last? Choose a pine or cedar wreath, since they're two evergreens known for holding their color best. Stembel notes that pine varieties drop their needles as they dry out, so for less mess, opt for a needle-free cedar wreath. The location of your wreath makes a different in its lifespan too. "If you prefer your wreath to stay greener, longer, keep it out of direct light and heat," Stembel says. "Indoor spots like above beds and sofas will be less exposed to the elements, and your wreath will stay lusher, longer."

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Stembel also stresses the importance of a good shake if your wreath got compacted in transit. "Remember to give your wreath a good zhush once you get home," she says. "Just like a good blowout, get your fingers into the foliage and add some air back to the shape." You can do this simply by working your fingers against the directionality of the greens, fluffing as you make your way around the wreath form.

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