How to Plant Potted Norway Spruce Trees


When landscaping a yard, gardeners often desire natural windbreaks or privacy screens. Create either natural boundary with a Norway spruce pine tree. Norway spruces are favorites of gardeners and landscapers because they adapt well to a variety of climates. In ideal growing environments, a Norway spruce may grow as much as 3 feet each year to reach a mature height of 100 feet and a width of 40 feet.

Step 1

Dig a hole for the Norway spruce approximately six weeks before the first autumn frost. Make the hole twice as deep and twice as wide as the tree's root system.

Step 2

Remove the Norway spruce from the temporary container. Place the container on its side and tap the sides and bottom of the container firmly with the blade of the shovel to loosen the root ball from the container. Pull the tree gently and carefully from the container.

Step 3

Place the Norway spruce into the prepared hole and spread the roots out gently and carefully in the hole. Fill soil back into the hole around the roots until the hole is half-full of soil.

Step 4

Fill the hole with water to the top of the hole and wait while the water soaks into the soil. This will remove any air pockets from around the roots.

Step 5

Add soil to the hole to finish filling it. Place soil around the spruce tree until it covers the trunk 1 inch higher than it was planted in the temporarily container. Tamp the soil down firmly. Expect that the soil will settle approximately 1 inch, leaving the soil at the same level on the tree as it was previously.

Step 6

Provide water for the Norway spruce while it acclimates in this new planting location. If less than 1 inch of rain falls within a one-week-period, provide that amount of water for the tree.

Step 7

Pull any weeds and grass that grow within 3 feet of the spruce tree to keep them from competing with the Norway spruce for nutrients.

Step 8

Apply 3 inches of mulch around the Norway spruce tree after the first frost of the autumn. Keep the mulch approximately 2 inches from the trunk of the tree.

Step 9

Fertilize the Norway spruce the following spring by mixing the fertilizer with water according to package recommendations for the size of your tree. Fertilize the tree two times each month during the spring and one time per month during the summer. Stop fertilizing the Norway spruce at the beginning of the autumn.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid planting a Norway spruce during hot and dry weather. Place the potted tree in a shady location and keep it watered until the temperature moderates.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Norway spruce tree
  • Mulch (wood chips or bark)
  • Water-soluble fertilizer (10-10-10)


  • Fast Growing Trees: Norway Spruce
  • Norway Spruce: Information
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