Dwarf Alberta Spruce is a hot seller!
Doesn’t look like much sitting on that tree stump does it? Believe it or not, small Dwarf Alberta Spruce that size are in high demand on the wholesale market! Growers all over are constantly looking for them from 2″ to 4′.
One of the first plants that I planted out in My First Backyard Nursery was Dwarf Alberta Spruce. Way back in 1989 I bought 1,000 of them for one dollar each and they were barely, barley 2″ tall and no where as nice as the one in this photo. First winter I lost 250 of the one thousand! Devastating right? No, it wasn’t and I explain why in this post.
The best way to propagate Dwarf Alberta Spruce is via Softwood Cuttings in mid Summer Using a System Like This. They are a bit slow to root, usually about 6 to 8 weeks before they are rooted and they are slow growing. Dwarf Alberta only grows 2″ to 3″ per year.
But a smart grower would plant 20 or 30 of these around yard so they would have a perpetual supply of cuttings to root.
Like most conical evergreen trees it’s important to Not Let them Develop Multiple Leaders. (see the second video below) The only other thing to know is that they tend to grow short and really fat if you let them, like a Hershey’s Kiss, and nobody wants them shaped like that. So once a year you need to trim them up to make them thinner and pointed. Conical in shape.
Roger Higgins talks about propagating Dwarf Alberta Spruce.
Roger Higgins, Roger’s Backyard Nursery
This video is about Preventing Evergreen
Trees from Developing Multiple Leaders.
Thank you Roger for the tutorial on how you do Dwarf Alberta Spruce Cuttings!
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