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Dwarf Alberta spruce in training

Posted by romanalong NJ (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 4, 14 at 9:39

I've been working with this tree for about 7+ years. I've trained it once before and it just started going back to it's original state of the branches going back up. I've just finished my second attempt at re training it. I'm looking for some feedback on it's appearance and any ideas on how to improve it. Also, I need some advice on how to trim the Spruce so I can get some grow back inside towards the trunk. The tree was from Lowes nursery stock.

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RE: Dwarf Alberta spruce in training

My first question would be have you ever repotted it? That pot looks far too small for that tree (and what's the white thing?). And what's the black thing on top in the pic? And have you left the fake(?) moss on the soil from when you got it 7 yrs ago? You have allowed branches to grow quite long, but not (early on) pruned branches traditionally, but left e.g. ones growing dead opposite each other halfway up (can't see others well to comment) which ISN"T a crime if you prefer the look, but may have thickened the trunk there as much or more than at the bottom. But the small pot .... have you done any rootwork?

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