How to Keep Your Christmas Tree Alive Longer

You spent real money on a real Christmas tree — here's how to keep it alive.

watering a Christmas tree
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So you've weighed up whether to buy a fake or a real Christmas tree and plumped for the real one this year, at an average cost of between $80-100. That's not much more than last year as wholesale prices have stabilized, according to the Real Christmas Tree Board. Throw in the cost of Christmas lights, your nicest ornaments, and the presents underneath the three, and it all adds up to a real holiday investment. 

But what if the tree's branches are starting to droop, and the needles look a little dry? Here's what you can do to keep your home's festive centerpiece perky throughout the whole holiday season.

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Christmas Tree AdditiveNeedle Loss Percentage
Clorox bleach99.5%
Generic Aspirin72.3%
"Tree Life"33.3%
"Yule Prolong"29.3%
"Tree Care"13.3%
Distlilled water6.0%

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Ben Demers
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Ben Demers manages digital content and engagement at Kiplinger, informing readers through a range of personal finance articles, e-newsletters, social media, syndicated content, and videos. He is passionate about helping people lead their best lives through sound financial behavior, particularly saving money at home and avoiding scams and identity theft. Ben graduated with an M.P.S. from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Vassar College. He joined Kiplinger in May 2017.