Marsman
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Pruning Question: Dwarf Norway Spruce

I just picked this up a few weeks ago and it growing like mad. All the bright green is new, there was none showing when I bought it. I want to keep it's shape compact and need advice.

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How do I prune the new growth? Should I pinch it all off or leave just a bit of it?

Thanks!

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Leave at least some of the new growth (lighter green).

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Being that there's not really any discernible branching (yet), my personal preference would be to wait a year before doing anything.

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I found an article on pruning pines a while ago.
Main thing was, not to take off buds/branches with buds you might still want because they don't backbud easily.
To keep the size it was something like cut back 2/3rds of the new shoot. Better let me find that article before I tell you stuff that is just wrong....
Brb...

Okay, here it is. Long read at first, but probably makes sense wig the pine actually in front of you.

[url]https://www.bonsai4me.com/AdvTech/ATPine%20Pruning.html[/url]
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Thanks, Froggy. I'll give it a read.

I talked to my teacher and this is his response:
Todd Hansen wrote:Don't prune now. Never prune spruce foliage when it's tender. You'll need to let it extend and harden of and then prune to the first bud. Stop by soon and I'll show you. Don't pinch now!!!!! T
I swung by his garden this weekend and he showed me how you can see the buds on the new growth. Always leave one bud, or the limb will stop growing.

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I just realized my link was for pine, not spruce. Apparently i can't tell the difference :oops:
But the growth habit looks similar - yeah, and they are both green :P
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Pine, Spruce, Fir, should all be treated pretty similarly with the odd difference to pinching and pruning.

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