- 2 gallons of hot water
- 2 cups of Karo syrup
- 2 ounces of bleach (1/4 cup)
- 2 pinches of Epsom salts
- 1/2 teaspoon of borax
Fill the tree’s reservoir twice a day, morning and night, with the mixture or as needed.
How does this fireproofing work?
The Karo syrup provides the sugar which allows the tree to soak up enormous amounts of water. Without the sugar, only a small amount of water is absorbed. You can expect the tree to soak up one and a half gallons of the recipe during a 10-14 day period. This is approximately 800% more water than it would have absorbed growing in the forest. This keeps the tree from being too try and susceptible to catching fire.
The boron in the borax makes the water and sugar more to every needle of your tree. The bleach stops mold from forming when water and sugar stand for a period of time.