A Christmas tree is no different from having a huge bunch of flowers in your house. The moment it is in a warm house it will start transpiring and draw water.
Anything up to a litre or more a day depending on the size of the tree.
If you have not been present when your tree is cut then it is advised to cut a slither off the bottom of the trunk as this quickly seals with resin and restricts water flow.
Lemonade or cut flower sachets can give the tree a sugar rush which will help in needle retention.
The trend is to get a tree at the beginning of December but with the best will in the world to expect a tree to stand in a warm house for a twelfth of a year is asking a lot!
We recommend that tagging a tree and collecting later can give twice the pleasure in the selection process and ensures a healthy tree for Christmas day.
Underfloor heating. To avoid certain disaster do not put a tree on a floor which is under-heated. Warm air rises up and dries the underside of the needles which have no waxy protection.
If there is no alternative then a blanket laid on the floor to deflect heat and lots of water will help.