A recipe for healthy Christmas trees

Thanksgiving is behind us now, and that means it’s time to start decorating for the December holidays! If you are putting your tree up now, and don’t plan on taking it down until after New Year’s, keeping the tree fresh and alive may be a challenge (unless, like me, you have an artificial tree, which clears up the problem nicely). So as a public service, today’s post provides a recipe for keeping your tree (hopefully) alive through the holiday season. It comes courtesy of KOST 103.5‘s Mark Wallengren.

1. At the tree lot have them make a fresh cut of 2 inches or more to the trunk of your Christmas tree. This will allow water to move up the trunk of the tree. Even if they say it’s a fresh cut have them cut it again in front of you!

2. At home quickly bring a gallon of water to boil. Add ¼ cup of Karo syrup and 1 teaspoon of bleach.

3. Immediately pour the hot mixture into the tree stand. Keep the kids away and be careful not to burn yourself.

Wait several hours (or overnight) to see if the tree is drinking the mixture. If the tree does not drink the tree is already dead. Return it and get a new one. If the tree takes the mixture it’s alive. Check the water level at least every other day. If water is low repeat step # 2 and #3 and your tree should stay fresh the entire month.