DIY Christmas Tree preservative

Sunday, November 30, 2008
Every year we try to get a real Christmas tree. Nothing brings holiday warmth like the scent of a fresh Christmas tree. But how do you keep it looking fresh and beautiful? Well most places that sell Christmas Trees will also sell commercially packaged Christmas tree food. If you are like me, you will always forget to pick some up!

I decided that there must be a way to make your own at home. After a quick search on the internet I came across dozens of recipes. I was weary of trying out some recipes that call for mixing vinegar, lemon, and bleach - can you say toxic fumes?

Cut trees need a couple of basics:
  • Water
  • A food source
  • An acidifier - reduces the pH of the water
  • A disinfectant - prevents the growth of algae and bacteria

So after reading a couple of different recipes I decided on my own mix:

  • 1 quart (4 cups) warm water
  • 1/2 - 1 cup light corn syrup - acts as food
  • 1 tsp bleach - acts as disinfectant
  • 1 penny - acts as acidifier
Mix all ingredients in a container that will not be used for human consumption (empty milk gallon) and label it: Tree Food - Do Not Eat. Leave the penny in the bottle and reuse it when you need to make more.

Use this recipe to refill your tree as needed. It helps to water the tree with warm water/preservative.
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