Posted: 18/11/2013 at 09:26
I read somewhere that you shouldn't buy them if they have been standing outside and even the trip to the car from a shop can be enough to kill them if they are not protected.
It seems to be tricky to get them to form the red bracts for next year. I believe they have to have 12hours light and dark and that's achieved by putting them in a dark cupboard overnight. I'd never remember to do that.
Hope yours survives okay.