Top Questions About Alberta Spruce Trees

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Questions About Alberta Spruce Trees

Asked by
Anonymous on
January 3, 2014

Q. Alberta Spruce

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.

Answered by
Nikki on
January 3, 2014
Certified Expert
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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.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 9, 2014

Q. Container Plant

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!

Answered by
Nikki on
May 9, 2014
Certified Expert
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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.

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Asked by
alkloeck on
May 28, 2015
zone 3 barrhead Alberta

Q. Alberta Spruce winter burn

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.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 28, 2015
Certified Expert
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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.

http://njaes.rutgers.edu/pubs/plantandpestadvisory/2003/ln1106.pdf

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Asked by
Gpm on
June 18, 2017
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Q. Alberta spruce problem

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?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 21, 2017
Certified Expert
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This is a stem that has reverted back to a parent stock. Prune it from your tree.

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Answered by
DLarum on
June 21, 2017
Certified Expert
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Sometimes plants revert to the rootstock plant or parent plant. I'd cut the odd branch out
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/can-grafted-trees-revert-to-their-root-stock.htm

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Asked by
Irisheyes on
September 10, 2017
20119

Q. Alberta Spruce

I have 2 Alberta spruce trees that have grown at different rates. Can I shear one to match the other?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
September 11, 2017
Certified Expert
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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

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