So the tree you've just bought from your garden centre, supermarket, or roadside, has already been cut or potted for a couple weeks. How can you get the best from it and make sure that it will last all the way through to the New Year and 12th night?
To start with the longer you can keep it outside in the cool the better.
I know.... children don't want it to be sitting outside in the garden, and they want to dress the tree this weekend, so the next thing to do, is to work out where to put your Christmas tree in the house.
This was my cut Nordman fir last year, and a very good example of making sure that you measure the height of your room, before you go out to buy your Christmas tree. We were a little bit overambitious - the result being we had to take 2 foot off the bottom of our Christmas tree and snip the lovely branches at the top as well.
What we did make sure of tho' was to make sure that the tree wasn't sited too near the radiator.
The other thing to do is to make sure that whatever supports your Christmas tree has room for water so that the trunk, can be immersed at all times.
A large cut or potted Christmas tree can take up to a pint of water every day in a centrally heated house. Our metal tree holder had a 2 pint capacity.
There are also sprays on the market which are marketed as making your tree last longer. - What they do is cover the needles in a resin which makes it harder for them to loose water.
Basically the cooler and wetter you keep your tree, the longer those needles will stay on. - up to 12th night? - let me know.