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Asked by Anonymous on January 3, 2014
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.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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
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!

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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
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.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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
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?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This is a stem that has reverted back to a parent stock. Prune it from your tree.

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DLarum
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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
Alberta Spruce

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

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BushDoctor
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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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