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Spruce

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Question: 1356-2716
My Norwegian spruce became infested with bees and I had to have it taken away. I raised it from a cutting to a beautiful six foot tree. Why do I feel such an emotional lost? Judy, Mystic, CT

Mort's Answer:
Norway Spruce can become a 100 foot tree, if left to its own devices. I understand your loss. When I was a teen I became attached to about 100 Blue colored evergreens called Chaemycyparis pisifera squarrosa or KC squarrosa. I sometimes think it was a C. lawsonia argentea. Nevertheless, a squarossa by any other name would be as sweet a loss. I recovered from that first trauma by learning to love other plants. We had thousands at the nursery. My suggestion is to plant another six footer and learn to love it like a brother or something more intimate.

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Question: 152-5201
Spruce . Can I cut a third off and keep it trimmed? Angela, WWW. CT

Mort's Answer:
You could cut the tree but it will grow a new leader. It would require too much trimming each year. You would have to trim 4 or 5 times a year. There are tree companies that can transplant the tree for you.

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Question: 153-5201
We planted some Spruce and Pine last year. The roots are completely under water Should we move them? Charlotte, Gary IN

Mort's Answer:
If this is temporary cover,they could survive the dampness until spring. It is advisable to move them. Pines are best moved, when the roots are wet. I would suggest that you move them before the ground freezes.

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Question: 911-1213
I have a compact four foot spruce growing under my maple with some hostas. I was thinking of moving the spruce and the hostas. The spruce is shedding needles. Julie.

Mort's Answer:
Hostas will do well in the shade. Spruce need sunshine to thrive. You probably have Alberta Spruce. They are susceptible to red spider mite. When it starts putting out new growth, you can test fro mites. Shake an out side branch onto a white piece of paper. Fold the paper and rub the sides together. If red specks appear, get a miticide to correct the infestation. Malathion is very effective but may not be available in your state. Move the spruce to a more sunny spot. Hostas are not in hostile territory.

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