This lemonade hack can make your real Christmas tree last longer

How you can extend the life of your real Christmas tree by using this simple recipe

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Christmas started early this year, with many rushing out to buy their real Christmas trees and decorations at the end of October. And with still 16 days until Christmas, you might be struggling to make your fir look fresh.

But did you know that there’s a simple lemonade trick which can help your tree last longer – right through until the New Year.

Singer Louise Redknapp is like many people who are wondering whether watering your Christmas tree with lemonade will actually do it some good.

Louise tweeted a question to her fans, she said, “Has anyone else heard of giving your Christmas tree lemonade to make it last longer? Or is someone having me on?

“And if so… does it require a Vodka with it? x” she added. 

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And you’ll be surprised by the responses as it looks like the tip isn’t foolery.

One fan wrote, “You actually can Lou! A drop of lemonade — or a dilute mixture of water, sugar and lemon — adds nourishment. The glucose in sugar will help the tree to maintain its cell structure and prevent needle loss, even several weeks after being cut.”

Another fan added, “Hey Lou, no it definitely works. I’ve been doing it for years. It has to be full fat though. Not sure about vodka …might make it a bit unsteady!! X”

But what do the experts say?

Gardening expert David Domoney recently gave This Morning viewers his tips for picking the perfect Christmas tree and among his hacks was mixing up some lemonade to feed it.

He said, “You can use florist’s cut flower food or you can just mix up some sugar water or full-fat lemonade.” But his soft drink addition stunned host Phillip Schofield.

David went on to explain that it’s the high sugar content in the surprising Christmas tree food that will keep your tree looking fresher for longer.

‘Yes, it’s the sugar really Phillip,’ he explained. “It’s an element of food within. You’d be surprised just how much water the tree takes up, so adding a little bit of food keeps them looking fresher.”

Selina Maycock
Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life.

Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. Having spent the start of her career working on local newspapers and online, Selina spent six years as Acting News Editor and Entertainment Reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph where she dug into hard news stories, conducted interviews, covered court reporting, features, and entertainment, whilst going to gigs in her spare time.

Whilst at the paper she was awarded an O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart through a successful newspaper campaign. Things like this are close to her heart when it comes to using journalism to make a positive difference in people's lives.

Selina later branched further into all things celebrity to became a Showbiz Writer at Heat magazine, covering red carpet events, showbiz parties, and various launches before going freelance for two years. One of her biggest celebrity achievements - aside from generating celebrity exclusives - was interviewing Take That (including Robbie Williams) and bumping into Simon Cowell so much at events she told him 'I'm calling you my showbiz dad!'

In 2017 she joined TI Media as a senior reporter on Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, Woman's Weekly celebrity desk before branching online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first.

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