Should I add something to the water in my Christmas tree stand?

We've gotten some interesting mail on this topic. Some people have seen TV or newspaper advertisements for products that you add to the water in your tree stand. Others have concocted their own mixtures, with ingredients such as sugar, bleach, 7-Up, syrup, or the ever-popular vodka.

So what's the best thing to add to the water in your tree stand? More water. A researcher at Washington State University has been working with Christmas trees, and his findings suggest that your best bet is plain old tap water. It doesn't have to be distilled water or mineral water or anything like that. So, the next time someone tells you to add ketchup or something even more bizarre to your tree stand, don't believe it.

For more care tips, see Selecting and caring for your real Christmas tree.

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