HOLLY DIP TO PREVENT DEFOLIATION INDOORS
Many have asked for information on the new materials and methods used for dipping holly to prevent the drop of leaves or berries when it is used in the house for decoration.
Holly or cedar and other evergreen branches should be treated before being used for home decorations. Because they stay green and do not dry out they therefore are not a fire hazard.
First, prepare a tub or bucket of water to which has been added the correct amount of Holly Dip material (about one ounce to the gallon) (Holly Dip can be found at your local garden center or nursery and is also know as Wilt Pruf). Then cut the branches or boughs and dip them in the solution for a couple of minutes. Stir them around to be sure all parts are treated equally. Then hang them up to dry in a cold but well ventilated place such as a garage.
HOLLY CUTTING FOR MAILING
For those who wish to share their holly or Christmas greens with those less fortunate in other parts of the country, here are some suggestions. Cut the pieces about 12-15 inches long with no wide side branches and plenty of berries. Cut in the afternoon (preferably between 2:00 and 4:00 pm) and then wrap and mail it the same day. Never bring the holly into the warm but keep it as cold as possible all the time. If, after cutting, there is time to give the holly a “drink” before boxing and mailing, the branches will remain fresh much longer if the ends are plunged in water immediately after cutting. Holly leaves infested with leaf miner or any other insect should not be sent.
1) Cut the holly on a dry day.
2) Apply Holly Dip to leaves, berries and stems as directed on package
3) Keep in a “cold” place until it is packed for mailing.
Do not pack apples or pears in the same box with holly. Pack the holly in a heavy cardboard box (a show box is about right).
You can squeeze the holly in, without damage. Sending several small boxes together is better than one large box. If you line the box, use ordinary newspaper, not plastic.
USE OLE WREATHS AGAIN
After holly wreaths have been enjoyed during the holidays tell the recipient to put them in a cool room, basement or garage. Next December, the whole wreath may be sprayed with silver or gold and used again.
At the Solly home these past four years, we now have a half-dozen lovely wreaths that will be good to use this year again. We will insert two or three heavily berried sprigs of cut holly carefully spaced with a ribbon, bow or large cone for added charm.