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To: greeneyes; All

From Andre Viette - he gives this ‘stand’ formula on his radio show every year & the bough/tree spray is listed below that - good if you are decorating with greens:

Christmas Tree STAND Formula

This formula for your Christmas tree stand helps to prolong your tree and keep it fresh.

Ingredients:

1 gallon hot tap water

1 cup light Karo syrup
2 oz. Clorox
1/2 tsp. Epsom Salts

Directions:
1.Mix together well
2.Put tree in tree stand
3.Fill well of tree stand with the above mixture
4.Keep tree stand filled - 4 days of watering with this mixture will help keep the tree fresh but the tree will continue to take fluid up to 10 days or more so be sure to check the water level often and keep the tree stand full of fresh water while the tree is in the house.

Do not place the tree near a fireplace, radiator, wood stove, or other heat source that might dehydrate or ignite the tree. Be sure the tree lights do not have worn insulation or broken wiring.

Bough and Christmas Tree SPRAY

Be sure to protect your holiday greens and Christmas tree from drying out. Spray your boughs and Christmas tree with this unique formula to help fireproof and reduce needle drop through the holiday season. Tree and greens should be fresh and not dried out.

Ingredients:

14 oz. borax (20 Mule Team)

6 oz. Boric acid (from drugstore)

1/2 tsp. low sudsing detergent (granular)

1 gallon hot tap water

Directions:
1.Mix together well
2.Prop tree or greens upright outdoors
3.Using a good pressure sprayer, cover tree or greens completely
4.Let tree or greens dry fully before bringing indoors

Do not place the tree or greens near a fireplace, radiator, wood stove, or other heat source that might dehydrate or ignite the tree. Be sure the tree lights do not have worn insulation or broken wiring.

Pre-mixed sprays such as Bonide Wilt Stop can be found in your full service garden center.

Link to website: http://www.viette.com/v.php?pg=753


10 posted on 12/14/2012 12:59:12 PM PST by MissMagnolia ("It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains" - Patrick Henry)
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To: MissMagnolia

Thanks so much for those tips and recipes.


13 posted on 12/14/2012 1:20:01 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: MissMagnolia

Be sure to cut at least a inch off the stand end of your Christmas tree before putting in the stand so it can take up those nutrients.


19 posted on 12/14/2012 1:42:47 PM PST by tubebender (Evening news is where th<I>ey begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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