Small Colorado spruce needs a final pot

base797

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image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg This is a small Colorado spruce (caliper just under 2") that could go into a final pot when I make a decision on one (and buy it because my pot selection is not vast). Would love to hear people's thoughts and opinions. Virts welcome. Any styling critiques/thoughts welcome as usual. I have seen a huge bristlecone in the high country, probably a couple thousand years old, that I am trying to emulate.

Patrik
 

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Im thinking there is a lot of already deathwood under that bark around those bottom jins. Exposing this could turn out interesting i believe.

Is this the final angle you are thinking about?
Maybe a long rectangular pot with sharp edges to make it look edgy or a slap for some more natural feeling.
 

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Slab.....All Day...twice on Sunday!

Wait a minute.....have I ever seen a Spruce in a pot?

They always work on slabs.

Are we overdoing Spruce on slab?
CAN you overdo it?

Nice.

Sorce
 

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This tree needs about 2-3 more years of being left alone to grow. This spruce is at the bare minimum foliage for survival. If the soil is draining well, I would leave it in this pot for a couple of years. Your other option would be to gently lift the tree from the pot and plant it in a bigger container with a good conifer soil mix. In about 2-3 years, you can decide on some light styling options. I know that being told that you should not work on your tree for 2 -3 years is not something many people want to hear. However, it will pay off in the long run.

Rob
 

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Thanks Rob. The tree is quiet happy and vigorous. Percolation through substrate (scoria mainly) is good. Collected over 5 years ago, initially styled 2.5 years ago. Buds swelling everywhere, even on a branch the squirrels tried to kill last year. I've got many spruce and have a pretty good handle on them.
 
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