Need help to root prune evergreen

mimsyborogrove(5)March 9, 2011

Last summer I purchased an extremely root bound dwarf Alberta Spruce in a 5gallon container. Following Al's instructions (Al, as always you are the best!) I sawed about 2 inches off the bottom and 1" off the sides of the rootball, potted up in Gritty Mix and hoped for the best. The tree has been in stasis for 9 months: no growth but no browning either. I think now's the time for a root prune. Any special instructions for root pruning evergreens as opposed to deciduous trees? I have the deciduous how-to post already, no need to write it all out again if the procedure is the same. Thanks! Barbara

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Hey Barb! Thanks for being so kind! It's pretty much the same - remove the old soil in early April & repot into the gritty mix. Prune out the largest roots & those growing straight down from the underside of the trunk. Protect from wind for 2 weeks. Your tree is probably stalled because of the tight roots, and the AS's aren't known as fast growers anyway. Were you fertilizing regularly?

Al

    Bookmark   March 9, 2011 at 5:31PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mimsyborogrove(5)

Thanks Al, that sounds doable. I did fertilize summer and fall twice a week with highly diluted (1/3 as strong as manufacturer recommends)liquid miracle gro. Slow to nonexistant growth is actually ok with this tree as it's a topiary and is currently just the right size for its spot. I do want to make sure it stays healthy though, so I'll be sharpening up my pruning shears and waiting for April!
Barbara

    Bookmark   March 10, 2011 at 8:21AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Al

    Bookmark   March 10, 2011 at 3:10PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Fabric Pots - Decor Question
Good afternoon everyone. I'm thinking of growing a...
veegardens
Affordable but Good Looking Containers?
I have a few areas of my garden that are just container...
kjmm1
Lateral water movement in 511 mix under drip irrigation
I would appreciate it if someone can give me an indication...
Jacques (MP, South Africa) S
Al's Gritty Mix -- A Learning Experinece
I came to this forum a few weeks ago in an attempt...
Jessicasgrowincitrus
glowing pots
Not sure if this is the right place for this but I...
mystmaiden
Sponsored Products
Plaza Pre-decorated LED Cordless Christmas Wreath Christmas Decor
$299.00 | FRONTGATE
Artichokes & Evergreens Christmas Wreath - 30" dia. Christmas Decor
$129.50 | FRONTGATE
Braided Accent Rug: Jefferson Copper 2' x 3'
$39.97 | Home Depot
Braided Accent Rug: Jefferson Copper 2' x 4'
$59.97 | Home Depot
Evergreen Extra Large Gold White Iridescent Sycamore Outdoor Pendant
$654.00 | Bellacor
Tumbling Snowman Ornament Set
$14.99 | zulily
Pott 20 - 5pc Place Setting - Pott
$310.00 | HORNE
7.5-inch Cedar Ball Set (Set of 3)
Overstock.com
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™