Planting & Care

THUJA occidentalis Golden Smaragd

Location:
Sunny and half-shaded places.
Thuja prefers sandy, gritty to humus soil. The ph-value should be low acidic to alkaline. Arbor-vitae should be planted in adequate humid soils which well aerated. In case of dryness or stagnant moisture some plants might suffer or die from fungual infections. Thujas are popular for public green not only because they are very resistant against air pollution.

Watering:
Especially new planted Thuja need sufficient watering. Water daily after planting in case of dry and sunny weather and specially if Thuja are planted on sandy soil.

 

THUJA occidentalis Golden Smaragd

Even in winter it is important to supply Thuja with sufficient water. The reason is that evergreen Thuja still evaporates during long sunny and dry periods. Watering the plants during frost-free periods balances the hydrology.

Fertilizer:
Fertilize from March to June with a long time fertilizer for conifers which you can get at the specialized trade.

Cut:
Thuja is relative fast growing. To reach lot of branches and a uniform hedge the plants should be cut one to two times a year. Warning: If you cut back Thuja too hard they don’t grow again. It is important to keep up the cutting rhythm and not to cut too deep into elder wood. 

Planting:

Planting into soil:

    THUJA occidentalis Golden Smaragd
  1. Water the plant sufficient. Dry root balls should be watered very well – possibly they should be dunked into water for a short time.
  2. Dig a hole which has twice the size of the root ball. Loosen rigid soil to make it easier for the plant to grow. Add some planting-soil or peat moss into the loosened planting hole.
  3. Remove the pot and rough the root ball to loosen the root and activate them to growth.
  4. Plant the plant and fill up the hole with soil / peat, avoid cavities and press on the soil well. Possibly you could add a top layer of bark mulch.
  5. Water very well with a lot of water.
  6. Water well after planting in case of dry weather.

 

Planting in pots:

    THUJA occidentalis Golden Smaragd
  1. Water the plant sufficient. Dry root balls should be watered very well – possibly they should be dunked into water for a short time.
  2. Choose a big adequate pot with holes in the bottom that water can drain off. The bigger the pot the better the growth of the plant is and the longer the plant could be leaved in the pot before transplanting.
  3. Fill up a drainage layer at the bottom of the pot made from clay fragments, pebbles or the like.
  4. Fill up the pot with soil or peat moss from the specialized trade. Leave a hole to add the plant.
  5. Remove the pot and rough the root ball to loosen the root and activate the growth.
  6. Plant the plant and fill up the rest of the hole with soil / peat moss, avoid cavities and press on the soil well.
  7. Water well after planting. In case of dry weather water regularly.