I love a real Christmas Tree! We normally get our tree right after Thanks Giving, just to discover the tree is almost dead a week before Christmas.
I've done the aspirin in the tree water. Still didn't last.
I've tried sugar in the water,.... still no good results.
Even with always making sure the Christmas tree had plenty of water at all times, the tree still became brittle and needles fell not long after being brought home.
Was there a solution for keeping a Christmas tree alive longer?
We were at a new Tree Farm last week just to look. Sad to say we are not getting one this year until a week before Christmas, due to a trip to California.
So I decided to ask them their thoughts on the subject of keeping the tree alive and fresh longer.
They said that the problem is the tree sap. It acts as a scab on the end of the tree which keeps the water out eventually. And the same with sugar.
HOT WATER. Keep your christmas tree filled with hot water, (not boiling!) and it will keep the sap gooey so it won't form a hard scab and clog it!
You will have to keep up on it though,... when the water gets cold, the tree sap will start to harden.
I'm anxious to try it and see how long it lasts. If you try it, let me know how things go! :)
Updated this year based on feedback from members and visitors:
The best ways to keep your Christmas tree fresh and alive longer -
- When you get the tree home, cut off the botom inch or so off the tree
- Hot water: Hot water in the tree's water bowel will help it to stay fresh
- Place the Christmas tree away from sources of heat and moving air (ie; heater ducts)
- Cut off the tree's dead/sick looking branches
- Bleach in the tree's water (just about a spoon!)
- Sugar in the water
- 1 asprin, smashed and dropped into the water, add one more every 2 days with more water
- Hairspary on the tree (be carful, it's messy, keep away from heat and flames!)
- The best way to keep your Christmas tree green and fresh looking: Buy a plastic one :(