Globe Blue Spruce Shrubs
Picea pungens 'Globosa'
Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce Shrubs are a charming, globe-shaped evergreen shrub that is flat-topped and densely branched. The bright blue needles hold their color all year long, but are a brighter silvery-blue in the summer. Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce provides a unique accent for that special spot in the garden. It requires little to no pruning, making this the perfect, minimal care, landscape plant.
|3 Gallon Pot||$119.95|
|Espoma Bio-Tone Plus Starter Plus||$16.95|
|Treegator Jr. Slow Release Watering Bag||$25.95|
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|Mature Height:||3 to 4 Feet|
|Mature Width:||4 to 5 Feet|
|Habit:||Densely branched, mounding|
|Pruning Season:||Prune lightly 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|
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Globe Blue Spruce are dwarf-shrubs that add a unique touch to formal landscapes. Also known as 'Blue Colorado,' this globe-shaped evergreen appears bright blue and its hue intensifies throughout the summer months. Its flat-top branched growth habit makes it an excellent selection for planting near door entrances and pathways.
If you’re looking for a low-maintenance plant that stands out in any landscape, Globe Blue Spruce is the way to go.
- Dense, multi-stemmed
- Icy blue needle foliage
- Deer resistant
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Before you buy a Globe Blue Spruce Shrub, make sure to read about the care instructions that are required and recommended to keep this plant healthy and thriving.
How do I water Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce Shrubs?
After back-filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Dwarf Globe Spruce a good, deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant will run away 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 Globe Blue Spruce, or any plant for that matter, it's best not to water the foliage of the plant. Water at the base of the plant near the soil line only. Treegator Jr. bags 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 do I mulch my Globe Blue Dwarf Shrub?
We highly recommend that you mulch your Globe Blue Spruce with either a ground hardwood mulch or 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 break down. Mulching helps to keep away weeds that will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3-inch layer of mulch is sufficient, but remember to not cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. It's better to leave a one-inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.
How do I plant Globe Blue Spruce?
When planting your newly purchased Globe Blue Spruce Shrubs, we suggest that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system, but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil, you may need to add a locally-sourced compost or topsoil to the backfill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a backfill soil for Globe Blue Spruce because more times than not these products will retain entirely too much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Dwarf Globe Blue Shrubs spread through the loose, nutrient-rich soil much easier than if you used solely the existing soil. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant too deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Bio-tone Starter Fertilizer is a great starter fertilizer that provides plants with mycorrhizae fungus. It is a naturally-occurring, beneficial fungus that colonizes on the new growing roots of plants. It creates a barrier between the roots of the plant and fungus and pathogens that can cause root rot. We love this product and use it on all plants we install in our own gardens. Bio-tone is a gardener's best friend and can help guarantee your success.
How do I fertilize Globe Blue Spruce?
Plants such as Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce grow best if they are fertilized once in the spring and again in early summer. Globe Blue Spruce favors nutrient rich soil and ample fertilization. Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce benefits from a fertilizer which can help raise the acid level of the soil such as Holly-tone by Espoma. When selecting a fertilizer for your Globe Blue Spruce, if soil pH is not an issue a simple balanced fertilizer can be used such as Tree-tone. 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. If you choose to use chemical fertilizers on your Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce, applying a slow-release, balanced fertilizer once a year in the spring is probably the simplest solution. There are many slow-release fertilizers on the market. If you can find a fertilizer formulated for shrubs and trees, this fertilizer would work well on Globe Blue Spruce. However, slow-release is certainly not the only way to fertilize shrubs such as Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce. A less expensive fast release fertilizer such as a 10-10-10 will work just as well if applied twice during the summer. If you are looking for a fertilizing routine tailored to your specific conditions, a soil sample should be taken and the fertilizer and trace elements matched to the needs of your soil. Don't fertilize Globe Blue Spruce after August in the North. Fall is the time for arborvitaes 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. The amount of chemical fertilizer used per plant will vary with the size of the plant and its root system.
Over-fertilization can be much more detrimental than under-fertilization. "Fertilizer burn" can occur when too much fertilizer is applied, resulting in a drying out of the roots and damage or even death of the shrub. It is much, much better to err on the side of too little fertilizer than too much. When roots are burned, the first sign is often scorched looking leaves. If over-fertilization is severe, the plant may just wilt and die. Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce is very easy to grow; however, it may be helpful to know that a very small plant which is planted in the ground will take about 1/8 - 1/4 cup of espoma organic shrub-tone fertilizer. When fertilizing plants grown in containers, be careful to apply a fertilizer that will not burn the roots (such as a slow release or a liquid fertilizer). A very large established shrub in the ground will take 2 - 3 cups of Holly-tone spread around the drip line of the branches (not next to the trunk). This is a very loose estimate, so please read the directions on the fertilizer before applying it. Never fertilize a plant with a chemical fertilizer if the plant looks sick or wilted. If a plant is struggling due to a disease or root problems, the fertilizer will only add stress to it's life. Try to cure the problem before adding fertilizer. For a totally organic approach, many gardeners use commercial manure on the soil around shrubs such as Globe Blue Spruce. Excellent results have been reported after using composted manure. Commercial manure or compost can be applied once in the spring around the base of the Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce. As with chemical fertilizers, do not apply it right next to the trunk or stems emerging from the ground.