Hi All: I couldn't find and appropriate newsgroup for this post so I
thought I'd try this one. Besides, if I don't solve this problem, I
will be needing a home repair.
We cut a fress Christmas tree a couple of weeks ago at a local tree
farm; it is a Balsam Fir. Since this tree was huge, by the time I set
it up, I ended up cutting about one foot off the bottom and 6 inches
from the top. The important thing is that it was a fresh cut just
before I put up the tree and filled the tree holder pan with water.
This tree will not drink water. Is it becasue it is a fresh tree and
doesn't need it?
Any suggestions on what I should do?
If you did the fresh cut at the bottom just a few hours before you set it up
and now it doesn't drink water, it may be a pretty fresh tree !! I would
check it 24 hours later, to see if it has taken some of the water.
I don't know of anything else you can or need to do...............
Good Luck !!
<< Want to kill a tree? Drive a few pennies into it with a hammer.
You must have missed something. We're talking about an already cut tree. Amd
why use pennies when you have a chain saw?
You cut the top and bottom? Try using it like a straw! : )
I like the drill a couple holes in the base...
Is the cut end of the tree sitting against the bottom of the pan? This might
be "sealing" out the water. Drilling holes will make sure the water can get
into the tree.
Good Point, the bottom is pretty much touching the bottom of the pan
which may tend to seal it. I will drill the holes toninte when I go
home. Thanks for your help.
P.S. I will be sure not to slip and drill through the bottom of the
I have a feeling nowadays they cut the trees in July or something. They
are beyond help when you buy them and dry out really fast inside.
When I was a kid our trees lasted a long time in the house and you could
actually smell the tree.
oh well, I won't buy a tree anymore.
Well, whatever you do, don't pour any jack daniels in the water. I
tried that last year. I thought it was a pretty clever idea, because an
hour after I filled the stand, the pan was empty. So I refilled it with
plain water - nothing. Added some more JD - nothing. Finally tried some
Chivas - pan empty in 1/2 hour.
This cycle continued all the way up to christmas day, when my kids woke
up me and my wife, their bright faces full of excitement way before sun
up. So we go downstairs.... what do we find? Yep. The christmas tree
had taken off it's star, and put a lampshade on it's head. Also, there
was christmas tree puke (thick, yellow sap) all over the gifts.
An alchoholic christmas tree can ruin an otherwise perfect day, so - be
<snip>> This tree will not drink water. Is it becasue it is a fresh tree
I received the following in a gardening newsletter. jerrybaker.com Hope
"It'll soon be that time of year again, so I'd like to take a moment to
wish you and yours a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season! I'm never
one to leave you in a lurch, so to help you out with your holiday chores,
here are a few of my favorite holiday tips and tricks.
To help your Christmas tree retain its needles all season long, you need
to select a tree that's fresh, and then consider shape, height, and price.
When selecting a tree, shake it as hard as you can, then reach into the
trunk, and remove all of the needles that have accumulated in the center
of the tree. If you do this while you're still at a tree lot, you won't
need to vacuum up all of the excess needles when the tree is in your
As soon as you bring the tree home, while you still have it outdoors, cut
and discard at least one inch off of the bottom of the trunk to remove the
dried sap that'll prevent the tree from absorbing moisture. Then fill a
large bucket half full of hot water and add 2 cups of clear corn syrup, 2
tbsp. of beach, and 4 One-a-Day Vitamins+Iron. Set the trunk in the
bucket, and allow it to soak overnight. Then keep plenty of water in the
tree stand at all times.
If you're going to hang up some evergreen roping, soak it in room
temperature water for 24 hours before using it. Allow it to dry then spray
it with a commercial antidesiccant that can be found at most tree
Decorative centerpieces can sure brighten up a room, but before using
decorative greens, soak the stems in the corn syrup solution overnight,
then spray them with an antidesiccant. When the spray has dried, make
fresh, sharp cuts on the ends, and force them into pieces of oasis that
have been soaked in the corn syrup solution and wrapped in foil to prevent
Follow these simple steps, and your halls will stay decked with fresh,
fragrant greens throughout the holiday season. Then when the holidays are
over, make sure you dispose of the greens properly. Don't burn them in your
fireplace because sparks can travel up the chimney and set fire to the
roof, or burn so hot that they'll cause a fire in the flue. Remember, it's
better to be safe than sorry!"
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