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Old Yesterday, 01:03 AM
 
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I have blue spruce pine cones. They're free. Do you want them? I have to shovel them out of the eavestroughs every fall. The trees are 40-50 feet tall with a bed of pine cones. There's no guarantee that they'll thrive in a different climate, but they are hardy.
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Old Yesterday, 10:18 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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The Memphis Botanic Garden includes a Colorado Blue Spruce in it's conifer garden so apparently they do well enough in even the hottest part of TN. If you could arrange a visit I think it would be a good resource for you.
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Old Yesterday, 11:01 AM
 
Location: British Columbia ~🌄 ☀️ ♥ 🍁 ♥ ☀️🌄~
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I have blue spruce pine cones. They're free. Do you want them? I have to shovel them out of the eavestroughs every fall. The trees are 40-50 feet tall with a bed of pine cones. There's no guarantee that they'll thrive in a different climate, but they are hardy.

That's a very kind offer.... but for the protection of both of you if OP agrees to the offer you better both find out first what international requirements are and if the live seeds are restricted, prohibited or controlled and if it's legal for you to ship them across the border. It might prove problematic because of all the plant products protection/restriction laws in place and the need for some of them to be certified free of active live pests/diseases.

If it isn't legal and you try anyway, when the package goes through the imaging machines the authorities will open and confiscate the contents of the package. I don't know if there would be a fine or not.

I know it's a hassle but better to be safe than be sorry. Here's the postal website to find out what the restrictions are on plant products and live seeds being transported across boundaries from Canada to USA:

https://www.canadapost.ca/cpc/en/bus...trictions.page?
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Old Yesterday, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Putnam County, TN
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I have blue spruce pine cones. They're free. Do you want them? I have to shovel them out of the eavestroughs every fall. The trees are 40-50 feet tall with a bed of pine cones. There's no guarantee that they'll thrive in a different climate, but they are hardy.
No thanks, but that was a kind and unexpected offer.
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Old Today, 01:06 AM
 
Location: Southern Most New Jersey
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I have been gardening for a lot of years. Even did the Rutger's Master Gardener program for four years. I now focus on indigenous plants. The only exception is forsythia which I use as a fence. And when I am long gone I am sure the forsythia will be gone as well and indigenous will have taken over.

My indigenous focus is Ilex Opaca (American holly) and Pinus Rigida (pitch pine). For the holly I use berries and transplants. For the pine I use transplants.

I had a blue spruce on the property (southern NJ) when I moved in. Problematic even under irrigation and it went into a slow decline and failed. My grandfather had a phenomenal stand of blue spruce on his property in northern WI. Zero required care.
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Old Today, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Indianarctica,
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It wouldn't have survived even this long if not for us. Those bagworms are horrible, not due to heat but due to humidity.

Blue Spruce are not adapted to humid-climate pests (even mild-summer ones) like Norway Spruce because they're from arid climates (mainly Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming).
I guess that explains the bag worm infestation problems in blue spruce in Indianapolis area then
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