Didi Doolittle from Vail, Coloradi shares a great "recipe" to keep your Christmas tree happy and healthy this holiday season. She also explains why the mixture works so well.
Happy Holidays to one and all!
A little Christmas Tree Safety Reminder
I’m sure that many of you are getting ready to, if you haven’t already, put up your Christmas tree. Have you ever wondered if there might be a way to keep that tree moist as long as you can?
Well, here are some helpful tips from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service for keeping your Christmas Tree happy and healthy this holiday season. Do be careful if you follow this recipe and have pets, we don’t want Fido drinking this fire-preventing mixture.
TIPS FOR HELPING YOUR TREE STAY MOIST LONGER:
When you get home, re-cut the end of the tree by 1 inch and let it stand in a bucket of the "Christmas Tree Life Extending Formula" (recipe below) until you’re ready to bring it indoors. Fill the tree stand reservoir twice a day (morning and evening) with the remaining mixture.
"FIRE MINIMIZING " MIXTURE"
· 2 gals. of hot water
· 2 cups corn syrup
· 2 oz. liquid bleach
· 2 pinches epsom salts
· 1/2 tsp. borax
· 1 tsp. chelated iron (available at garden shops)
HOW DOES THIS "FIRE-MINIMIZING" MIXTURE WORK?
The corn syrup provides sugar, which allows the tree to soak up a lot more water than it normally would. Without sugar, only a small amount of water is absorbed by the branches and needles. You can expect the tree to soak up 1-1/2 gallons of the recipe during the 10 to 14 day period your tree is up, which is about 800 percent more water than it would have absorbed growing in the forest.
The boron (in the borax) makes the water and sugar move to every needle of your tree. The epsom salts and chelated iron provide magnesium sulfate which helps chlorophyll production, keeping your needles green. Bleach stops mold from forming when water and sugar stand too long in the tree holder.
Content made available at the U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region Website: Tips for Christmas Trees in the Rocky Mountains.