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Hyattsville, MD
punkin444
Jun 10, 2020 10:10 AM CST
I purchased this Bird's Nest Spruce recently. It started getting beautiful green spindles at the start of spring. Some of those spindles are browning now. My rapidtest wet/dry condition tester says the soil is wet. My other spruces (Picea Deco), which are larger, consistently show up as dry. I do not want to lose these beautiful plants. I am not sure what to do. Please see the brown spots on the top of the nest. The remainder of the nest is nice and green.



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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 10, 2020 10:44 AM CST
Welcome!

Your spruces are getting sunburned. Either you bought them from a nursery where they were protected by shade cloth so must acclimate to sun. Or the soil is not damp enough to make them happy. Instead of using a moisture meter, use your finger, its much more accurate.
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BigBill
Jun 10, 2020 11:51 AM CST
Forget the meter. Use your eyes, feel the soil like Daisy says.

When you overwater, every square inch of the plant turns yellow but when you see spotty conditions like this and green, yellow and brown branch tips it is most likely heat stress combined with a lack of sufficient moisture.
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punkin444
Jun 10, 2020 3:22 PM CST
Thank you both so much. I am going to run out right now to give the plants more water. I will continue to check the sunlight to see if it is too much and try to do something about that. I am so appreciative!

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