VERIFY: Can homemade concoctions extend the life of Christmas trees?

We're 7 days away from Christmas, and many are wondering what they can do to keep their Christmas tree hydrated and looking fresh.

People have tried homemade remedies like adding ginger ale, gin, or aspirin to the root of the tree because they believe it allows Christmas trees to last longer.

Owner of Johnson Garden Center, Terry Johnson, started handling Christmas trees 60 years ago.

"See the pockets of the water? If the tree can't take up water, it can't replace the water that makes the sap," says Johnson, showing the base of a tree.

Having a dry tree is no laughing matter.

"A Christmas tree can become a very deadly fire hazard if it gets real dry," says Johnson.

Some people say the quick fix to keeping a Christmas tree looking its best is with household items.

"I've heard gin, aspirin, whole different things," says Johnson.

He stands by "Super Thrive," a product from the 1940s that he says can extend the tree's life by a few weeks.

"You add a capful of this to about a gallon of water and pour it in your stand," says Johnson.

However, Houston County Master Gardener Teddie Berry says the best thing to use comes from the earth.

"Yes, there are lots of remedies out there, and home remedies, and yes, there are products that are on the market that you can buy that can supposedly extend the life of your Christmas tree, but all of them have to deal with adding it into water," says Berry. "It's the water that is the main ingredient," says Berry.

So we took our question to the authoritative source on the matter, Spokesperson for the National Christmas Tree Association, Doug Hundley says that he believes water works best.

"We haven't had anything that works better than plain fresh water," says Hundley. "I know that's a boring answer. A lot of times these other things either don't work or they cause a few problems."

We verified there's no credible information proving that homemade prescriptions extend the life of a Christmas tree.

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