The MAD Scientist Network: Botany

Subject: Does aspirin help preserve Christmas trees?

Date: Mon Dec 11 21:12:30 2000
Posted by Mahim
Grade level: undergrad School: University of Notre Dame
City: South Bend State/Province: In Country: USA
Area of science: Botany
ID: 976587150.Bt

   While admiring a Christmas tree my friends and I were discussing 
different techniques for preserving the tree over the New Year (the longer 
it is up the less work needs to be done to remove it and being college 
students we're pretty lazy).  The most interesting technique involves 
placing aspirin in a water bowl in contact with the bottom of the tree.  I 
was wondering if aspirin actually preserves the tree some how, or if this 
is just an old wives tale?

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