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Spruce disease?! Need help!

Posted by kaitain4 7 (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 23, 08 at 11:10

I have a lovely Picea pungens 'Montgomery' which has started to exhibit some bleached branch tips and dark scales lower down on the branches. Is this a scale, rust, or fungal disease? Am I doing something wrong in the care of the plant?

Planted: March 2008
Site: Tennessee, Zone 6b
Soil: Clay and loam
Exposure: Full sun for 7 -8 hours per day, beginning about 11:00AM
Water: Once or twice a week, except when there is rainfall.

Here are some pics:

Spruce problem



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RE: Spruce disease?! Need help!

Might be better to solicit comment on the Conifer forum.
No clue here.

RE: Spruce disease?! Need help!

Hmm I wonder if your watering to much. They dont like to be wet and if you have clay, it might be holding the water.
Just an idea, not conclusive.

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