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Baby Blue Spruce Trees for Sale Online
Baby Blue Spruce Trees (Picea pungens 'Baby Blue') are an improved strain of the Colorado Blue Spruce Tree. They are a semi-dwarf variety that stays under 25 feet and are comparable to the best blue clones of the species. Every tree is very blue, with needles arranged in a compact, pyramidal form. Some people will even use them as live Christmas trees around the holidays!
To keep this specimen tree happy, it is important to know about its growing conditions. The Baby Blue Spruce grows in partial to full sun and well-draining soil. It enjoys slightly acidic soil and, once established, is drought-tolerant. This long-lived specimen is slower growing than the other spruce in the species, but the silvery-blue foliage intensifies with age and is well worth the wait.
This ideal specimen is excellent as a miniature evergreen tree with its natural pyramidal shape, perfect for smaller gardens or confined spaces. Use as a container specimen or mass plant these baby spruces to make a privacy screen or a windbreak.
|Hardiness Zone:||3 to 8|
|Mature Height:||15 to 25 Feet|
|Mature Width:||15 Feet|
|Classification:||Conifer / evergreen|
|Sunlight:||Partial to full sun|
|Habit:||Densely branched, cone shaped|
|Pruning Season:||Prune in late spring to maintain shape|
|Soil Condition:||Any well drained soil|
|Water Requirements:||Water well until established|
|Uses:||Extremely attractive when used as in the mixed border, foundations, or planted in mass|
How to Care for Baby Blue Spruce
Before you buy a Limelight Hydrangea, make sure to read about the recommended care instructions to keep this plant healthy and flourishing.
HOW TO PLANT BABY BLUE SPRUCE?
We suggest when planting your newly purchased Baby Blue Spruce that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Baby Blue Spruce to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted.
HOW TO FERTILIZE BABY BLUE SPRUCE?
Plants such as Baby Blue Spruce grow best if they are fertilized once in the spring and again in early summer.Baby Blue Spruce favors nutrient rich soil and ample fertilization. Baby Blue Spruce benefits from an fertilizer which can help raise the acid level of the soil such as Holly-Tone by Espoma. Don’t fertilize Baby Blue Spruce after August in the North. Fall is the time for spruce to begin preparing for dormancy. Fertilizing at this time may stimulate new growth that will be too tender to withstand the winter. In the South, a late summer into September application would be about right. As mentioned one spring application of a balanced fertilizer should more than suffice. Either chemical fertilizers or organic matter can be used successfully. Since an organic method of applying manure and/or compost around the roots, produces excellent results and also improves the condition of the soil, this would be an excellent first line of attack. Organic additions to the soil can also be combined with a shot of chemical fertilizer for maximum effect.
HOW TO WATER BABY BLUE SPRUCE trees?
After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Baby Blue Spruce a good deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5 a three gallon pot would be 15 and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks. You’ll want to water the bushes regularly after planting until they’ve been well established. We like to tell folks that when watering Spruce or any plant for that matter its best not to water the foliage of the plant. Water at the base of the plant near the soil line only. Gator bag Jr. can be used to help aid in this process and also provide plants with a good soaking due to the slow release of the water into the root-zone of the plant. Soaker Hoses can also be used to water when planting a long hedge.
HOW TO MULCH BABY BLUE SPRUCE?
We highly recommend that you mulch your Baby Blue Spruce with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. Its better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.