I purchased 5 Alberta spruce bushes for Christmas decorations. Can I put them outside in their original pots for the winter until they can be planted? I live in northern NJ.
I would not put them outside right now, as they are not in dormancy and the cold will kill them. But an attached garage would be ok. Just set up a few fluorescent lights near them to give them enough light to make it until early spring. As soon as you have any kind of spring like weather, you can move them back out.
I live in Anchorage, Alaska and so my question deals with colder weather. I bought 2 Dwarf Alberta Spruce bushes that I want to plant in containers. Do I need to line the container with anything to prevent the roots from freezing in the winter? The containers I purchased to plant them in are plastic. Thank you for your help!
Anytime you live in Zones 5 or less, which is the case here, potted plants will need to come indoors. Even a garage or basement will work. Wrapping is not necessary for those brought inside. If you choose to wrap or insulate the pots and leave them outdoors, the likelihood of their surviving would be minimal at best.
Will a product like Wilt Pruf keep my dwarf Alberta Spruce from winter burn? We live in Barrhead, Alberta, Canada and are having a lot of winter burn on our Alberta Spruce. Last winter I sheltered them with a burlap windbreak and it helped some but I was wondering if an anti-transpirant spray is the answer. One fellow told me that it won't allow the needles to breathe, therefore, harming the tree. Please let me know what to do. Thank you.
There is pros and cons to using a anti-transpirant spray.
This is a great link with information to help you decide if this is right for your plants.
I have a 10 year old Alberta spruce and it has a different pine branch growing out if it. It's not next to it but growing from it. How does this happen?
Sometimes plants revert to the rootstock plant or parent plant. I'd cut the odd branch out
This is a stem that has reverted back to a parent stock. Prune it from your tree.
I have 2 Alberta spruce trees that have grown at different rates. Can I shear one to match the other?
You can prune them, although it will change the overall shape of the tree. It wouldn't hurt it to do so, however it will promote that tree to grow even faster than the other tree, which will further your problem. There are many fertilizers that can be applied by spraying, that will help that tree to grow faster by applying it to ,only, that tree. Here is a link that will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/what-is-foliar-spray.htm
the interior of each tree are browning and dropping. Is this normal? I watered daily for 10 days and now water 3 times per week.
This may be normal needle shedding. Here's an article about that:
Also, the transplant shock probably contributed to the needle loss. Make sure your trees are in full sun and change the watering to a deep watering once a week till established. They may be getting too much water, also leading to brown needles and leaf loss.