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.
Has anyone else heard of giving your Christmas tree lemonade to make it last longer? Or is someone having me on? 😂🎄 And does if so... does it require a Vodka with it? xDecember 8, 2020
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”
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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 is a Senior Celebrity Writer with more than 13 years experience in newspapers and magazines. She is currently Senior Entertainment writer for Goodto.com, womanandhome.com and Myimperfectlife.com
Before joining Future [formerly TI Media], Selina spent two years as a Showbiz Freelance Writer, worked as a Showbiz Writer at Heat magazine. Selina previously spent six years as Acting News Editor and Entertainment Reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph where she was awarded a O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart.
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