Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Can Gifted Alberta Spruce Make It through to Next Christmas?

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Can Gifted Alberta Spruce Make It through to Next Christmas?

Article excerpt

Q - I received a decorated dwarf Alberta spruce as a holiday gift. It makes a perfect little Christmas tree. What do I need to do to keep it alive so I can reuse it?

A - The dwarf Albert spruce (Picea glauca 'Conica') is a hardy outdoor plant in the St. Louis area and is not suitable for growing indoors. Several problems arise when they are used as indoor holiday gifts.

These plants are usually grown and distributed from West Coast nurseries. They arrive in winter with no preparation for the climatic differences. Once inside our homes, they typically start to sprout from the warm indoor temperatures. In the average home, however, temperatures are too warm, the air is too dry and there is too little light for them to stay healthy. If left indoors, your spruce may lose vigor and eventually die. …

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