How to treat ivy vines for wreathmaking

Sally holway
by Sally holway
Thanks to a landscape architect friend, I have a pickup truck full of ivy vines that I intend to turn into wreaths. Question is do I keep them moist until the wreaths are made or do I leave them alone or what? Would really appreciate any advice out there!
  6 answers
  • Donna Byram Donna Byram on Jul 05, 2014
    I have made grapevine wreaths and if they dried out, I just soaked them in water before trying to bend them in a circle. I imagine you could do the same.
  • Sandra G Sandra G on Jul 05, 2014
    I also did that but I also hung them upside down from roots and let them dry completely in the Garage - then when I went to make Wreaths I sprayed them with Polyurethane (spray can) they were pretty easy to work with - some of them broke some leaves but most looked nice and shiny and you then can add all that you want to them - but soaking them works great too......
  • Joy Joy on Jul 05, 2014
    Soak in water, twist and let dry flat. Best way is get them green then form the wreath. keep flat until dry.
  • Debra Dale Debra Dale on Jul 05, 2014
    I think you need to work them while green, I remember my Husband and son making a grapevine wreath for me out of what they pulled out of shrubs. they did it right then, Keeping them moist, tator sack, moist under a tarp. don't keep them in water , i wouldn't think, either they will grow or slim in water .
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Jul 06, 2014
    I agree that you need to work with them while they are still green. One product that might help is an anti-transparent called Cloud Cover. It needs to be applied while the foliage is fresh.
  • Sally holway Sally holway on Jul 06, 2014
    Thanks - and more thanks - to all you talented and generous Hometalkers for your all your suggestions! I don't know what I'd do without all of you!!!!