Jun 4, 2018 9:45 AM CST
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Name: Christina Wall
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This Blue Spruce that I just recently planted is in poor shape. I believe the black potting container that it was in may have killed the roots because of the heat. She's been nestled in this spot for 4 days. It's lost quite a few more needles but the branches are still very flexible.
I need all the advice I can get to bring this beauty back to life.

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Jun 4, 2018 10:08 AM CST
Name: Mindi Hammerstone
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It looks very dry. How often do you water it? It's going to be stressed for awhile due to the move,thus losing needles. Someone will be by Iam sure with more knowledge than I.


Jun 4, 2018 10:15 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
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Where did you buy it from?
How long did you have it before you planted it?

If you purchased this spruce from a nursery, and you planted it in a timely manner, (within a few days) this damage is extreme. If you purchased it with lots of missing or dried needles, and already well on its way to this poor condition, I think you shouldn't have purchased this particular spruce. This plant, if confined to a plastic three gallon or five gallon pot looks severely dehydrated. Either you purchased it dehydrated or held it without water for too long of a period of time and it became dehydrated. Or another possibility is that you planted it without watering it thoroughly and let it go for a period of time and still didn't water it well. It would have required deep watering roughly once a week.
I am unsure of what the future might hold for this spruce. But at some point or points, this plant did not receive enough water. The black pot did not cause the damage seen, the lack of water caused the damage.
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Jun 4, 2018 10:48 AM CST
Name: Sue
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It's been planted for four days but how long was it held in the pot? If you'd only just bought it then you could take it back, most places guarantee woody plants.

As has been noted, it looks to have been too dry for too long. It takes some time for conifers to actually get to the point of losing needles by which time it may be too late. I think other than taking it back the only thing to do would be to make sure it has plenty of water but I think it may be beyond saving. If it wasn't watered in the pot before planting and the rootball was dry, it may be difficult to rehydrate once planted.
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Jun 4, 2018 4:44 PM CST
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Name: Christina Wall
Northern Cal. (Zone 8a)
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Thank you all. It was very dry when I
transplanted it and I probably was not watering the plant enough as well as waiting to long to put in the ground.
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