By Chuffy - 01/12/2012 06:01 - United States - Loveland
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#38 -- Actually, Sprite CAN help cut plants live longer -- but it needs to be mixed in with the water, not sprayed on the needles/leaves. (The Rose Bowl parade floats initially used 7-up as floral preservative, according to my horticulture teacher.) I don't know how effective it is for evergreens. I suspect that either the neighbor didn't understand the principle, or the OP didn't understand the neighbor.
#84, my teacher used to help out with the floats each year, so had first-hand knowledge of it -- you can find the info on a web search. (She also told us never to include really big fresh cattails in a floral design, because when they begin to dry out they can explode, which she learned by bad experience and will never forget.) Your teacher no doubt taught you things mine never did, too. 8)
#98, aren't those awesome? *grin* She apparently had all that fluff floating all over her living room, and was literally vacuumin the air itself trying to get rid of the stuff. She said the skinnier ones were safer to use. There may well be a way to treat the fat ones so they aren't an explosion risk, but she didn't go into that. (She may have been too gunshy to ever try doing so herself; she sounded pretty traumatized as she was warning us....)
Desprite your best efforts, I c-ant see your tree living any longer this way. Colony old-fashioned, but I prefer not to use weird recipes soda-mn much. I hope sharing christmas with critters doesn't bug you too much. Just say you got your son an ant-farm for his present, you'll save some money. Thank me later.
Kill them ants with diabetes
Spray sugar on it - I heard that kills ants.