The Q&A Archives: Blue Spruce

Question: I have just purchased a Blue Spruce seedling and would like to know the type of soil, pot, etc. it needs to grow into a healthy tree.

Answer: Unless your spruce is a dwarf variety, or one you plan to bonsai, the amount of time it can remain in a container is very short! Blue Spruce has the potential to reach 80'-100' feet in height. The tree will have a pyramidal shape, prefers dry soil, and will grow in full sun to light shade. If you're going to keep your tree in a container for a few years, make sure the container is deep and has adequate drainage holes on the bottom to quickly drain excess water. To keep your tree from growing too quickly, use a mixture of regular garden soil and compost, or commercial potting soil. Soil directly from the garden may dry excessively when used in a container, and will be hard to thoroughly soak. Straight potting soil may be so rich your tree will outgrown its container too quickly. Hope this information helps!

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