Christmas tree food helps the tree absorb water and food to help keep the tree hydrated. If you give your Christmas tree food it will keep its needles better and be much less likely to present a fire hazard. Commercial tree food and the popular tree food recipe on my site also protect the tree against bacteria and mold, which is nice, but also makes the tree food something you don't want kids and pets to ingest. While my kids have never tried to drink the tree water, my dog thinks the tree, the water, the presents... really everything... are dog toys or snacks. Here are simple tree food recipes that are safe for kids and pets. The acidity in the tree food helps the tree absorb water while deterring bacteria and mold. The sugar is the nutritive "food" part of the tree food.
Christmas Tree Food Recipe #1Mix a splash of real lemonade, limeade or orange juice with water. I have been using limeade in water for my tree this season. It's still going strong, even though I put it up Thanksgiving weekend. The ratio of the ingredients is not critical. I'd say I'm using about 1/4 limeade with 3/4 parts water.
Christmas Tree Food Recipe #2This is a variation on my original tree food:
- 1 gallon water
- 2 cups light corn syrup
- 4 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar