White spruce

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    Allison123 New Member

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    I received a white spruce as a gift last year and it has been in a pot and indoors since I received it. Recently I have noticed that some of the needles have turned brown at the base and that some random needles are browning from the tips inward. It sits in front of a window that gets 5 hours of afternoon sun 1pm- 6pm. I believe the tree is only a year old. I was wondering if this browning is natural as the tree grows or is something more serious going on.
     

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    Michael F Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Two years old (2016 & 2017 seasons growth visible). The lower browning is not healthy; not too surprising as it is not a species adapted to growing in pots indoors. Plant it outside as soon as possible; give it moderate shade for the first few days until it adapts to outdoor sunlight.
     
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    Thank you for your response! I really appreciate it :)
    But is there a way I can keep it alive in a container? I don't have a place to plant it and I might be moving soon and don't want to leave it behind.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Renowned Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Can you at least keep it on a balcony? Think you'll eventually get to the point where the roots will be impacted by the pot, though...
     

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