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How To Make Your Own Christmas Tree Preservative Safe & Non Toxic

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Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year and one thing I look forward to the most is decorating our Christmas tree!  It’s very important to me to keep our Christmas tree looking good as long as possible through the holidays it’s easy to do when you make your own Christmas tree preservative!

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It’s a fun family trip every year to pick out our Christmas tree and we try to do everything we can to make the tree last longer.  Trees are like flowers after they’ve been cut they start to quickly dry out if they are not placed in water. Water alone isn’t enough to keep your tree healthy all through the Christmas season, it needs food!

What Is Christmas Tree Preservative?

Often when you go to a Christmas tree stand or a tree farm they will be selling small bottles of tree preservative.  These premade tree preservatives work well but the cost can really add up.  Christmas trees are very thirsty, really!  They can sometimes go through 1 gallon of water a day when your home is kept very warm.

The tree preservative does the same job as the preservative you use for cut flowers.  It contains food for the tree (sugar), an acidifier and something to kill bacteria.  The food and antibacterial make sense but you might be wondering why the acidifier?  Hard water is alkaline and making more acidic makes it easier for your tree to absorb it’s food.

I have to be honest as a mother of many little ones and having pets I worry about buying chemical products.  I want to know that what I’m putting in the tree stand to help keep our Christmas tree green and beautiful won’t hurt my children and pets.

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DIY Homemade Christmas Tree Preservative

The first time you bring your Christmas tree home you need to cut 1 inch off the bottom of the trunk.  Trees like flowers form a hard cap on the end of the cut and if you don’t remove this your tree won’t be able to suck up water or the tree food.

The first time you mix up your Christmas Tree Preservative it’s a good idea to use warm water.  The warm water makes it easier for the tree to absorb the water you’ve added into the tree stand.  After the first feeding you need to check the level of water in your tree stand everyday.  Keep it topped up because if the water level drops below the bottom of the trunk your tree will form a cap on the end again and need to be recut.  That’s a pain to do after you’ve put up and decorated you tree!

 Rubbermaid 1 Gallon

All of these tree preservative recipes can be made ahead of time and stored for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.  I like to use a 1 gallon storage container like this one to keep it in.  I find this container fits in my fridge really well and the shape of it makes it easy to get under the Christmas tree and pour from.

Christmas Tree Preservative Recipe 1

  • 1 gallon of water
  • 2 cups corn syrup
  • 4 tsps. white vinegar or lemon juice

Mix together your water, corn syrup and either vinegar or lemon juice and pour into your tree stand base.  This can be made ahead of time and stored in a sealed container in the fridge, it should last 2 weeks.

Christmas Tree Preservative Recipe 2

  • 1 gallon of water
  • 4 TBS. sugar
  • 4 tsps. white vinegar or lemon juice

Dissolve the sugar in a little warm water, then combine with the remaining water and either vinegar or lemon juice. This can be made ahead of time and stored in a sealed container in the fridge, it should last 2 weeks.

Christmas Tree Preservative Recipe 3

  • 1 gallon of water
  • 1 can of non diet citric pop (Sprite or 7-Up work well)

Mix 1 can of pop with 1 gallon of water and pour into your tree stand.  This can be made as needed or mixed ahead of time.

Feeding your tree is an important part of keeping it beautiful but there are a few more easy to use tips you don’t want to miss!

 

 

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Kim
 

Kim Mills is a homeschooling mom of 6 and lives on an urban homestead in Ontario, Canada. Blogging at Homestead Acres she enjoys sharing tips to help you save money, grow and preserve your own food.

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