How To Make Sugar Water for Christmas Trees

The Christmas season is one that lasts a long time, from when the house is cleaned, baking has begun and finally, the tree is chosen.  Once you have your tree, the problem of how to keep the newly chosen Christmas tree green and beautiful arises. One solution is to make a simple solution of common ingredients, which can be found in any grocery store, to preserve your beautiful Christmas tree.  If you are not sure how long ago your tree was cut, cut the stem again.

Sap drips from the cut tree and covers the base rapidly, so you want to make a fresh cut on the stump to make certain the sugar water solution will be absorbed and can preserve your tree longer. The longer your tree stays green and healthy, the more enjoyment you will receive from it.

The ingredients for this preservation formula are as follows: hot water; white Karo corn syrup; Epsom salt; Borax; and iron from any garden center.

First, mix this solution in a well ventilated area, in a large plastic or glass container. Pour two gallons of hot water into the container, followed by about one and a half to two cups of the Karo syrup, followed by a couple of ounces of bleach, and about 1/2 teaspoon of Epsom salt. Mix and then add the Borax and iron.  Mix the entire concoction well, and then pour the mixture in the tree holder and let it sit outside until tree is ready to be brought inside to be decorated.

The science of this is closely related to the way the tree naturally produces chlorophyll.  The corn syrup, dissolved in the hot water, acts as food for the tree. The Epsom salt provides magnesium sulfate; that, combined with the iron, is the same ingredient found in chlorophyll.  The Borax contains boron, which helps move the sugar solution up the inside of the tree so that every needle can benefit. The bleach prevents mold and mildew from growing on the tree.

It is important to check the water level and to keep your Christmas tree away from heat sources such as computers, televisions and heating vents. As the sugar water solution is used, add more to keep the tree hydrated. Label the container and do not let humans or animals drink from it. Keep it in the refrigerator for two weeks or outside of the refrigerator for four to five days. This is a great way to reduce the risk of the tree catching fire, and to extend your holiday enjoyment.


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