From tradition to a trendy Christmas decoration
The English believe that kissing someone underneath the mistletoe at Christmas brings luck. This custom originated in the UK. The decorative branches of the evergreen shrub can be used as Advent or Christmas decoration from November. Simply gather a few mistletoe branches together and tie them with a wide red and white gingham bow. A crown made of cones, mistletoe and ivy beset with white and red berries also shows genuine decorative flair. The magical effect of the berries is shown to particularly good advantage if you split the branches into loose bunches and put them in simple glass vases.
GARDENA tip: Mistletoe prefers to grow on young branches in the top part of the tree crown. As a semi-parasite, it disturbs the growth of the host trees, which become delicate as result of being deprived of water and nutrients. Consequently, in the event of an infestation, young mistletoe should be removed early by cutting it out as deeply as possible. Then treat the area with ointment.