How to prolong the life of your peach tree branch during Tet

In the north of Vietnam, the 2 most popular trees for Tet are the kumquat and the peach. Decorating your home with one or both of these trees signifies growth and luck for the new year.

If you’re buying a branch of a Cây Đào (peach tree) rather than a potted bonsai version, as soon as you take it home, lightly char the stump of the branch over a gas stove. Next, ensure that there’s plenty of water in the base of the vase you display the branch in, as this will prolong the life of the flowers. Check on the water level every few days to ensure that the stump of the branch is always immersed.  

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