I have found that the littler the tree the poorer the survival odds. I have planted various spruces, and even a couple balsam firs, in my yard and most make it if they start at a decent size (and I protect them from predators like rabbits). The small bare root jobs are less likely to make it.
I don't need so many that I can only afford the bare root things from the swcd.
I really like norway spruce. I saw Lowes had something called a Siberian spruce that I had never heard of. Anyone know about them?