Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Christmas Tree Preservative

I know that Christmas is over. However, I thought that I would post this here anyway. The following recipe is for a Christmas tree preservative. For the last few years, rather than putting regular water in our Christmas tree stand, we have put this mixture in. It seems to keep the Christmas tree fresher for much longer. My in-laws used it last year, and it kept their tree fresh for over a month. This year we used it, and it worked well until we forgot to refill the stand for a few days (about two weeks after we got the tree). We have heard anecdotes about people using this preservative and its tendency to make a tree more fire resistant.

Following is the recipe for the preservative. Disclaimer: I make no gaurantee whatsoever that this preservative will actually work or make your Christmas tree fresher or last longer or more resistant to fire. I just suggest that you try it for yourself and see if it works. If it doesn't, well, sorry. It did for us.
2 C karo syrup
2 oz liquid bleach
2 pinches epsom salt
1/2 tsp borax
2 gal hot water

Mix together in bucket, make fresh cut on tree trunk, soak tree
overnight. Use this solution to refill tree stand as needed.
There you go. Hopefully it will work for you as well as it has for us.

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