Blue Spruce Problems in NE
I typically hang out in the conifers forum, but figured I would post here to get local feedback. Since starting to collect conifers 4 years ago, I have been very successful with variety of different species, except...Blue spruce. Of the 4 different cultivars I have tried, I have lost 2 and the 2 remaining do not look great.
At first I was convinced I must not be providing enough sun for them, but my observations is that most of the blue spruce in NE look bad... with most of their lower branches sparse. Typically home owners just limb them up since there is no other choice. I think this looks awful.
I will be sending a sample of my Picea pungens 'The Blues' in for confirmation, but I believe every one of my Blue spruces and many in the area are being destroyed by rhizosphaera needle cast. Does anyone have any documentation that suggests this area is extremely prone to this disease? I am currently treating my 2 survivors with DACONIL antifungal, so we will see what happens, but I don't plan to plant anymore. I will use Abies concolor instead.
Just wondering what everyone else's experience is like with Blue Spruce in NE.. based on my observations they don't seem to like to live around here..
For reference.. Here is what happened to my first Blue Spruce... Picea pungens 'Glauca Globosa'
This post was edited by SC77 on Fri, May 16, 14 at 22:14