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My dad uses this Christmas tree water recipe and claims that it makes a difference in the longevity of fresh trees.
I was reminded this week how much I love a REAL Christmas tree.
A hassle? You bet.
Worth it? Yes.
The scent of a cedar tree in your house is unlike any other. The smell hits you every time you enter the room. It brought back so many sweet memories to be around it this weekend!
When I was growing up, we usually waited to cut down a real tree until early to mid-December so it wouldn’t get too dried out by Christmas. This year however, my dad was eager to get the Christmas season started so he and my brother went out the day after Thanksgiving to scout out some potential trees for this year.
They came back with a HUGE tree. It’s amazing how they seem to look so much bigger in our house than out in the woods.
After following some of these Christmas tree tips to get it all set up, my dad asked me to mix up some Christmas tree water.
What? I didn’t even know there was such a thing. Many sources say, if you add certain ingredients to the water that you give your Christmas tree, it will last longer and keep its fresh scent.
My dad has used the formula below on his past Christmas trees and claims that it does make a difference in the longevity of the tree. I guess the only way to REALLY know is to have two identical trees and use it on one but not the other. However, no one is going to do that so we will just have to trust people who have used it!
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Recipe for Christmas Tree Water
- 5 quarts of water
- 2 ounces regular Clorox bleach – Kills bacteria that would inhibit the tree’s ability to take up water.
- 8 ounces light corn syrup (clear) – The sugar feeds the tree glucose, an essential part of a plant’s metabolism.
- 2 pinches of Epsom Salt – Magnesium sulfates make the needles green.
If you don’t want to mess with making your own Christmas Tree Water, you could just buy this Miracle-Gro for Christmas Trees. Looks like it has pretty good reviews, but making your own recipe will be cheaper in the long run.
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