October 12, 2012

Cold Weather Helps Make Better Wreaths

This morning in Deer River, Minnesota it’s a cold 37 degrees. It’s downright chilly! This past week’s weather has been great for our wreath making family. We’ve had sleet, snow, and a little ice. It’s been down in the 20’s and freezing for many nights. Cold weather is an important part of a quality balsam fir wreath.

What does freezing temps have to do with a Christmas wreath you may ask? Well take a look at

You won’t find any faux wreaths only fresh natural ones. We collect balsam fir boughs and use them in assembling our wreaths. Cold weather helps balsam fir needles stick on the branch. The University of Maine does a good job on their website describing exactly what happens, “Tips can be gathered only during late fall, after needles are “set.” At this time, the balsam fir tree stops growing and stays dormant until spring. The needle’s pores are sealed by a waxy coating that covers the needle’s surface. Balsam fir tips would lose their needles in a very short time if gathered before this stage. So, it’s very important for the tip gatherer to know when this change has occurred. Some tip gatherers have ruined many stacks of tips because they unknowingly gathered tips before this change. The exact time of “setting” varies, depending on the particular area’s climate and the growing year. Experienced tip pickers may know when tips can be gathered in your area. The approximate time to begin harvesting tips varies across the state.” Freezing temperatures may be a little uncomfortable, but in our case they are great for business!

At Jen’s Wreaths we want to sell our customers the freshest balsam fir wreaths possible at the lowest possible price. That’s a challenge. Balancing this and making sure we have enough wreaths made for everyone at the right time. Our season is short and it’s tough to make sure every box is shipped on time. Also, we want to have affordable wreaths for the average family. We ask ourselves often, “What would I pay for a wreath?” We need to balance price and profit. I think we’ve done a good job, taking into consideration of the above variables for 2012. We won’t be collecting balsam fir for several weeks, yet, but what I can tell you is that we are off to a great start with these freezing temperatures!

If you would like to learn more about our company visit our website and check out our products. We have traditional wreaths contemporary wreaths, and everything in between. You’ll find a wide assortment of decoration combinations featuring: pine cones, glass balls, ornaments, faux berries, real hypericum berries, and fresh baby’s breath. We’ve got burgundy bows, red velvet bows, tartan plaid bows, gingham ribbon, pine cone print bows, music themed bows, and that just barely scratches the surface of what we have available. Our wreaths make great gifts for your friends, family and clients. The best part is by having us send wreaths to your loved ones; your Christmas shopping becomes really easy. No stressing over what to buy for the holidays, just send a fresh wreath. The wreath will arrive fresh right on your gift recipient’s door step. We give additional discounts for purchasing 10 or more wreaths. If you’re sending a larger volume of wreaths, don’t hesitate to call our phone number and ask about pricing.

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