The Q&A Archives: Why is my alberta spruce spiral turning brown

Question: I purchased two alberta spruce spirals from the Farm and Garden Station in Jamison, PA last year. They have been growing great. I have them set up on a irrigation system. they sprouted their new foliage this year, but now one of the trees is turning brown and dry. they have received plenty of water and the other tree is doing very well. Do you have any suggestions. Obviously these are monrovia plants or I would not have consulted you. Thank you for your input.
William Adams

Answer: These trees are difficult to overwinter successfully even in large containers. The winter stress (not only cold on the roots but also especially spring freeze thaw cycles) then accumulates along with the energy expended for the spring growth spurt and it is sometimes just too much. There might also be a fungal or other problem happening, often weakened plants are affected by other problems, too. It is difficult to diagnose this type of problem long distance, so I would suggest you work with your local county extension and/or a professionally trained and certified nurserymany to try to see if it can be saved. I'm sorry about your little tree.

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