What Should I Add to the Christmas Tree Water?

Christmas tree stand
Dyno Swivel Stand. (Dyno)

According to the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA) and Dr. Gary Chastagner, Washington State University, "your best bet is just plain tap water added to the Christmas tree stand. 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 more bizarre to your Christmas tree stand, don't believe it."

What The Experts Say

"NCTA does not endorse any additive. They insist your Christmas tree will stay fresh with just plain water."

Most experts insist that good old water is all you need to keep your Christmas tree fresh through Christmas. Other scientists say there is an additive that will increase both fire resistance and needle retention. You decide.

One thing to remember is what will affect water uptake. If your tree is more than a day old you might want to saw an inch "cookie" off the tree's trunk bottom. Even a small sliver shaved off the tree butt will help. This process freshens the trunk and allows water to be quickly taken up to the needles for continued freshness.