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How to Keep Your Christmas Tree Alive a Little Longer, According to a Farmer

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — With concerns over Christmas tree shortages, many people started shopping for their evergreens early. But with the tree in the stand before the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone, there’s a risk it might not last until Christmas. 

Luckily, a farmer in Oregon is willing to share his tips for keeping trees in tip-top condition.

Justin Timm of Frog Pond Farm in Wilsonville said trees are extra thirsty in 2021 because of the drought. So if you want to keep a pre-cut tree alive, make sure you’re keeping it hydrated.


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Timm said everyone who purchases a tree should give it a fresh cut on the bottom, and that the tree should be placed in water within 45 minutes of the new cut. Any longer than that, and the sap will close the bottom of the tree, preventing it from taking on any more water unless it’s cut again.

As for additives, Timm’s not sure if they actually work. 


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“I don’t want to say it’s completely hocus pocus,” said Timm. “Water is the trick. So, you can add 7-Up, you can add some of those sugary types of items. They say it helps them absorb into the tree more. I can’t say for certain it does or it doesn’t, but as long as it continuously has water, you should be in good shape.”

And if a tree is near a heat vent, close that vent, Timm says.

For people still tree shopping, Timm suggests getting a heavier tree. The weight can be a sign the tree absorbed more water. 

“If a tree is extremely light, that’s probably not going to be as healthy and strive as long as a heavier tree because that heavier tree is going to have more water in it,” he said. 


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Timm’s farm has about 3,000 trees available, of both douglas fir and noble fir varieties. Most of the trees are between 5 and 9 feet tall, he said, because the taller trees had more heat exposure and damage in 2021, so there aren’t as many available at all the farms. 

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‘Do Not Consume’: Greggs Issues Urgent Food Recall Over Chicken Bakes Sold in Iceland

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GREGGS HAS issued a ‘do not consume’ warning to Iceland shoppers as they carry out an urgent food recall.

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Benzinga Bulls and Bears of the Week: Tesla, Netflix, BlackRock, Roblox and a Company With Ties to Donald Trump

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Benzinga has examined the prospects for many investor favorite stocks over the past week, while offering a 24/7 news feed, live chat and charting software on Benzinga Pro

It was a third week of losses for the markets, as all three indexes continued to lose ground. The S&P 500 index dropped by 2.7%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.75% and the Nasdaq composite saw the most damage, coming down 3.8% on the week.

Meanwhile, the small-cap Russell 2000 dropped by 3.1%, as the 10-year Treasury yield was up by 8 basis points to 2.91%. 

Investors are nervously awaiting big earnings reports, including Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL), Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ: MSFT), Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL)  and Exxon Mobile Corp (NYSE: XOM), and monitoring how the market reacts to those reports.

Benzinga continues to examine the prospects for many of the stocks most popular with investors. Here are a few of this past week’s most bullish and bearish posts that are worth another look.

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Goth Pop-up Market at Tattooed Mom to Benefit Transgender Youth

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South Street bar Tattooed Mom will host goth-inspired pop-up shop on Tuesday, March 15 called Goth Shop and Social. In addition to vendors the event will hold raffles for prizes. Money raised from raffle entries will benefit transgender youths.

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