not sure wynne - the one i lost last year was partly my fault as i did not re-pot in good soil and i left it in full sun - this years plant received morning and late afternoon shade so maybe 6-7 hours of full sun and it slowly started to loss needles - i have it early morning sun and late afternoon sun now - looking at it from here i think i will be getting one more next year
wynne i saw this on garden web after googling tommy - a guy was asking questions after killing a couple and these two responses might be helpful
My father was the originator of the 'Tom Thumb'. It is a broom from Skylands aka (Picea Orientalis Compacta Aurea). This plant is very difficult to grow. I have experienced great losses when planted in the ground at an early age. I now leave the root stock on as long as I can possibly tolerate and in a container until it is of a nice size for planting. Some have the RS left on 10 years. I just keep trimming off most of the branches of the RS leaving a few for growth. The plant does much better under this method. I have found that planting this cultivar in an open shade or partial shade is the best. I have found that it is best on the north or east side of a building and try to keep it out of the wind.
Not much more to say except very challenging.
Note that Dave is a DG member so you could d-mail him.
And this post from a different Dave.
I am a member of the ACS. As an active supporter I purchased mine in 2007 to help them promote the conifer of the year program. They offer several cultivars to choose from.
I purchased Picea 0.'Tom Thumb' and planted it under a Pinus paviflora as I knew it would need protection. In Kansas high temps and humidity will burn these young cultivars up. With the protection it is exposed to 4 hours of sun light a day. Although it seems healthy it has not performed well. I see a small amount of growth so we will see what next year brings.
Here's a photo of 'Tom Thumb' also of 'Skylands' which I acclimated for 2 years with 60-40 netting. This year it was on its own. The first one I burnt to a crisp in just 3 months here in Kansas City. Both shown here are in winter foliage.
If the one i have dies my next attempt would be to plant one where i have it now in a container with good soil where it gets mostly shade. Or find another koreana that is similar as i have had no issues with them at all.