Hello! I live in Southern Wisconsin, close to the Illinois border. I
have 2 Alberta Spruce in large pots. We have had a dry winter, so I did
water them over the winter.
I am noticing brown dry needles on the tips
and a little in some of the branches. Can you tell me what I should do
bring them back, or will they be alright?
Is this "winter burn"? Should
I have wrapped them in burlap over the winter?
Any information you may
able to give me would be greatly appreciated! Thank You! Barb
You can apply an anti-transpirant in
fall to help reduce the amount of moisture lost via the needles to sun and
Burlap can be placed around the plants, too, but maybe more as a
barrier against the wind versus "wrapping" the plants up tightly like
In the meantime, check the soil moisture, and apply 1 gallon for every
square foot of surface area over the roots once a week whenever it's dry.
would wait for new growth this spring before making any determination about
pruning the plant.
The interior needles are supposed to fall off, so I wouldn't be too worried