Plan the perfect garden with our interactive tool →

How to Grow a Colorado Blue Spruce in a Pot

...
spruce image by mzolna from Fotolia.com

Colorado blue spruce (Picea pungens) is native to Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. The tree's silvery-blue needles offer an appealing alternative to the green of most shrubs and evergreens. Growing to a height of up to 70 feet, when planted outdoors, the blue spruce is a fast-growing plant. Growth ranges from 3 to 4 inches per year on a young tree to 12 inches per year on a tree with excellent irrigation. Preferring acidic soil, the blue spruce is a hardy tree that is drought tolerant. These beauties are available in silvery blue, green or gold needles, offering an appealing potted addition to your home.

Select a pot that is at least 24 inches deep and 18 inches wide. Choose a light-colored or white pot to ensure the soil temperature remains beneficial to the spruce. Lay a sponge across the bottom of the pot, covering the drain holes. This will allow water to escape through the holes, but leave the soil in the pot. Fill the pot with potting soil, leaving a 2-inch space between the soil and the top of the pot. Apply an evergreen fertilizer to the soil and work in, using your gloved hands or a hand shovel.

  • Colorado blue spruce (Picea pungens) is native to Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.
  • Choose a light-colored or white pot to ensure the soil temperature remains beneficial to the spruce.

Dig a hole in the center of the pot large enough to carry the root ball of the tree. Snug the tree into the hole and cover with soil. Firmly press the soil around the base of the tree. The root ball should be completely covered by soil, with only the tree trunk appearing at the soil level. Water the blue spruce until water begins to drain through the drain holes in the bottom of the pot.

Place the pot out of direct sunlight. The heat from the sun will change the temperature of the soil in the pot and cause damage to the tree. Spruce trees can be maintained indoors, with added care. Water regularly, keeping the soil moist throughout the pot. Do not allow the soil to become soggy. This will lead to root rot. Transplant the tree once it becomes too large for the chosen pot. It can be transplanted outdoors or into a larger pot. Prune the evergreen in the fall when the climate is cool.

  • Dig a hole in the center of the pot large enough to carry the root ball of the tree.
  • The root ball should be completely covered by soil, with only the tree trunk appearing at the soil level.

Related Articles

How to Care for Cypress Evergreen Trees in Your Home
How to Care for Cypress Evergreen Trees in Your Home
How to Care for a Blue Cypress Tree
How to Care for a Blue Cypress Tree
Types of Evergreen Trees in Ohio
Types of Evergreen Trees in Ohio
How to Grow Ponderosa Pines From Seed
How to Grow Ponderosa Pines From Seed
Spruce Trees in Kansas
Spruce Trees in Kansas
How to Grow a Key Lime Tree in Florida
How to Grow a Key Lime Tree in Florida
Evergreen Tree Identification
Evergreen Tree Identification
Care of Spruce Trees in Pots
Care of Spruce Trees in Pots
How to Grow Palm Trees in Ohio
How to Grow Palm Trees in Ohio
How to Grow a Bee Tree
How to Grow a Bee Tree
How to Care for Barbados Cherry Trees
How to Care for Barbados Cherry Trees
How to Water Spruce Trees
How to Water Spruce Trees
How to Grow Bleeding Hearts Indoors
How to Grow Bleeding Hearts Indoors
How to Maintain Cryptomeria Trees
How to Maintain Cryptomeria Trees
Garden Guides
×