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A few drops of bleach in the water is reckoned to work
I really don't think there's an issue with the old style fir tree. Keep it outside when you buy it, cut a few inches off the bottom and put it in a bucket of water. Bring it in about a week before Christmas - don't expect it to look good for four or five weeks - make sure it has plenty of water throughout it's time indoors. Keep it away from radiators or any other obvious major heat sources. No problems
or buy a fake one?
Fairygirl is spot on , the only difference use to store it in garage in bucket of water before use
When we use to have a Christmas tree , use to put in Conservatorty and it last well
I remember seeing some where you can buy a spray to reduce needle loss
best of luck
I have bought Nordmann firs for the last few years. I have the bottom inch cut off the stem by the farmer with his chainsaw when I buy it. Then I soak it in a bucket of water for a few days before I bring it in. It goes in a stand with water in the base that gets the occasional top up. I keep it away from radiators. It usually lasts up to twelth night, when it comes down, with very little needle drop.