Plant Care Blue Spruce

Blue Spruce

About Blue Spruce

Blue Spruce is a popular houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Blue Spruce likes soil that is extremely well-draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Blue Spruce belongs to the Picea genus, and is native to the United States.

Taxonomy

Picea pungens
Picea
Pinaceae
Pinales

Also known as

Green spruce, White spruce, Colorado spruce and Colorado blue spruce

How to care for Blue Spruce

💦 Water

How often to water your Blue Spruce

Water needs for Blue Spruce
0.5 cups
every 9

Blue Spruce needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Blue Spruce

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Blue Spruce in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Blue Spruce: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Blue Spruce love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Blue Spruce does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Blue Spruce in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Blue Spruce

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Blue Spruce: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Blue Spruce after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Blue Spruce is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Blue Spruce →

Common Blue Spruce Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Blue Spruce prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Blue Spruce Water Frequency →

Blue Spruce Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Blue Spruce requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Blue Spruce Light Requirements →

Blue Spruce Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Blue Spruce enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.

Blue Spruce Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Blue Spruce is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Blue Spruce →

When and How to Successfully Repot Blue Spruce →


💩 Fertilizer

Blue Spruce grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Blue Spruce grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Blue Spruce →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Blue Spruce can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3-7. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Blue Spruce Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Blue Spruce can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Blue Spruce

Blue Spruce

Blue Spruce


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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