The Philadelphia Fire Department recommends placing your live tree in a special mixture to keep it from drying out and becoming a fire hazard. Start by mixing the following ingredients in a five gallon bucket.
- 2 gallons of hot water.
- 2 cups of Karo syrup.
- 2 ounces of liquid chlorine bleach.
- 2 pinches of Epsom Salt.
- 1/2 teaspoon of Borax.
- 1 teaspoon of chelated iron.
Make a fresh cut one inch from the bottom of the tree and place it in this mixture for 24 hours. Then place the tree in its stand and add this mixture. Remember to top it off each day.