Tips for Planting Blue Spruce Trees

By Ted Rollins , last updated September 23, 2011

If you would like to plant a blue spruce tree in your landscape setting, there are a few tips you should know before doing so. The blue spruce is an evergreen tree with green and blue foliage that, in certain lights, starts to look strongly silver in certain breeds. The tree can do well in USDA Hardiness Zones 3-8, which cuts through much of the United States through the northern reaches of Florida. Under the right growing conditions, the blue spruce can reach heights over 130 feet and spread out farther than 30 feet, so make sure you have enough room prior to planting.

Unlike most plants, you'll want to put down your blue spruce in the late fall just before first frost. This will let it go dormant through the winter while it deals with the stresses of planting. Pick a spot where it can get eight hours of sun per day; it's fine if the tree gets one or two hours of shade per day. You want there to be moist soil in the area so that the roots can stay damp. Take the seedlings out of their containers, wiggling them out to avoid damaging the roots. Dig a hole about three times the size of the root ball. You want the root ball to sit about one inch above soil level, this allows the roots to get opts of nutrients while they're young and before the first frost occurs. Backfill the hole without covering the root ball, as you want them to protrude slightly. You can let the soil settle on its own. Water just a little bit and let it run down through the roots. You'll only need to water when there are extended periods of drought. Make sure nothing disturbs the tree, and before you know it, you'll have a great new fixture in your garden.

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