I have never seen fresh christmas trees sold in Poland
Neither have I Pigsy. They are never fresh. :(
If you want a real Christmas tree - a fir (swierk) you either have to go to a farmer and ask for one - or steal one out of the state forest.
The other type of real trees are not Christmas trees - the only real Christmas tree is Swierk - end of....... anyway they are really expensive - and look - well - not the real thing ....
The firs on offer at the markets and stores everywhere lose their needles whatever you do - including the trick of cutting the base to allow the tree to drink.
Also the trees are cut to near the lowest branch.
All in all it is really really difficult to get a good tree and at upwards of 100 zl for a good fir it's a bloody cheeky when you get a dead tree that's been sitting in some holding centre for 3 weeks :(
Nobody complains and so it goes on, year after year...........