How to keep your Christmas tree alive LONGER!

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Anonymous Visitor
Re: How to keep your Christmas tree alive LONGER!

Bleach definately works, my old chem teacher used to do this and they kept their tree up for 3 - 4 weeks too. I just could remember the portion.

Thanks,.

sunshine2000
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I bought a real xmas tree 2 weeks before Thanksgiving and it is now the 2nd week in Jan 2010 and it is still alive . It looks like it did the day we bought. all we did was cut abotu 3 or 4 in off the bottom and placed it in the tree stand and added hot water .. i added hot water about ever 4 to 5 days .. and the tree is still alive it is a pretty as it was the day i got it ...i was so afraid to get a real tree afaraid it would die before xmas but u caint kill this tree...i will have a real tree ever year now .. they smell so good ....hope this can help u ...

Jenn Kohr Zvorsky
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Thank you very much!
We celebrate our regular Christmas on Dec.25th & my Husbands Grandfather Always used to celebrate the Russian Orthodox Christmas on Jan.7th! Once he passed on, we decided to keep his tradition going, so we have 2 to celebrate and our tree must last until after the weekend of Jan. 7th!!! There were so many ways I was told, but the one common thing was: HOT WATER & CUTTING AN INCH OR SO OFF BOTTOM!!!
So, again I Thank You So Very Much :)
Have a Blessed & Merry Christmas & Happy New Year !!!!

Anonymous Visitor
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We got our tree and it was to heavy for me to put in the stand so i had to wait until my husband was able to do it and that wasnt for a day and a half later so im worried it got to dried out just sitting there for almost 2 days. It has been up for about 3 days now and in lots of water but it just feels so dry and is losing so many needles....what can i do? is it to late to help my tree?
hubby
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[quote=Anonymous Visitor]what can i do? is it to late to help my tree?[/quote]

i dont think it's too late - Read thru and do all the tips already posted here, and I think there is still hope for it!

Jess
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just cut the bottom of the stump like an inch or so for the fresh cut
Bruce9997
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For what it's worth, I work at a Walmart that sells Christmas Trees.  We let the customer pick out which one he wants, then we do the following things:

 

We trim the lower branches to get rid of the scraggley ones.

We saw off about an inch from the bottom of the trunk (fresh cut).

We mesh wrap the tree, and help the customer load it into his/her vehicle.

We also advise the customer to place the tree in warm water, standing up, so the branches will "fluff out" for lack of better terminology, and you can crush up an aspirin or two to put in the water, and do that every time they add water (don't let it run out of water), a tablespoon of bleach will do roughly the same thing, (keep the sap from hardening on the bottom).  And it doesn't harm anything to dissolve a little bit of fertilizer in some hot water and add it also.

Tenley
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Bleach may help keep needles on longer, but it can make your tree look sickly. Mythbusters did a Holiday special in which they tested a few Christmas tree care tips. Check out the results here http://mythbustersresults.com/special10
Anonymous Visitor
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Mythbusters says hairspray is better than bleach, aspirin, and a bundle of others they tested. Anyone have any experience with it? until we know i would stick with bleach though, it is reported to help in all the ways written above, and is less of a fire hazard than the hairspray >=P Thanks!
Bruce9997
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Well, for what it's worth, I would think that hairspray would turn gummy in water, and block the flow of water into the tree, but that's just my opinion.

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