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Pryderi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:30 AM
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Christmas Tree Moisturizer
I thought DUers would find this useful.

http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/recreation/christmas /

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 youre 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.
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:37 AM
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1. This is good. I was looking for something last week. I mixed up
some miracle grow.
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LiberalEsto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:47 AM
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2. Thank you for this!
Very thoughtful of you to post it.
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Pryderi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:15 AM
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3. You're welcome! I'm having trouble finding chellated iron.
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SammyWinstonJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:18 AM
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4. Miracle grow has chelated iron in it.
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Pryderi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:47 AM
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8. Thanks!
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sui generis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:21 AM
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5. bah humbug! no tree no fire.
:P
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LeftHander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:28 AM
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6. Godly Americans go throw away dry trees and buy new ones....nt
Edited on Mon Dec-08-08 09:28 AM by LeftHander
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:32 AM
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7. Some X-mas trees don't have that problem
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Sebastian Doyle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:58 AM
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9. An alternative to the above mixture
Just pour a can of 7-up in the tree holder every once in a while. Seriously, it works. Might be the only thing it's good for, as long as it contains high fructose corn poison.
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