There’s a debate that resurfaces each year about how to keep your Christmas tree alive with a minimum of needle loss and to keep it from becoming a fire hazard. There are amazingly complex recipes that people swear by. Interestingly the debate extends even to the professionals: the Canadian Forest Service and the US Forest Service each give quite different advice. I’m inclined to agree with the Canadian advice, that cutting a few inches or centimeters from the end and just using plain water is the best way. A German site (that is where the idea of Christmas trees came from, after all) simply says to keep the tree supplied with water. So it’ll be water only in my tree stand this year for our Christmas balsam fir!
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