Ornamental Berry Preservation

Asked September 25, 2016, 11:34 PM EDT

I have Winterberry shrubs and Bittersweet vines in my back yard. What is the best way, product or preservative product to preserve the stems with berries for ornamental wreaths and other crafts?

Dakota County Minnesota

1 Response

You may have to experiment a little to see what works best but normally bittersweet air dries pretty well. The winterberry is supposed to be ok to dry inside without the berries falling off also. The winterberry can also be put in arrangements with water but I can't say how long it will last. Here are a couple of links that I found that you could look at. Be careful if you have children or pets. http://www2.ca.uky.edu/agcomm/pubs/ho/ho70/ho70.htm . http://www.mnn.com/your-home/organic-farming-gardening/stories/how-to-use-native-plants-in-your-holi...