When to plant thuja?
When to plant thujas? Today we will deal with this topic. Thuja is a coniferous plant that has gained many fans in our country. Hence, it can often be found in our gardens. It often plays the role of a natural barrier against neighbors, and at the same time is a garden decoration. It is so popular that it has even become an element of jokes and sayings, which, unfortunately, are too vulgar to quote them in full here, but you will certainly come up with what the word fits in this sentence: "when neighbors ****, sit down thuj ":)
Which thuja species to choose
Thuja, as we mentioned before, is a conifer from the cypress family. It comes from Asia and North America. It is also used as a medicinal plant, but it came to us as a garden decoration and most often intended purpose. The most popular varieties of thuja in Poland are emerald and braband. You can also come across the name thyroid which is just another name for thuja.
Thuja emerald reaches a height of 2-3 meters and grows annually by an average of 20-30 cm. How fast the plant will grow is determined by many factors such as the sun's exposure to the place or the quality of the soil and the amount of water it has. Brabant grows faster, it can even reach a result of 40 cm per year, and the total height of this conifer will be higher because it reaches up to 5 meters. The question, however, is what we care about. For convenience of care or for rapid growth and good coverage of the plot. If we want thuja to be only a decoration, it is better to choose a lower variety, it will be easier to care for. If we want to create a natural high fence from neighbors or the street, then the brabant will be better in this situation. It will grow faster and higher than the emerald.
The emerald has a very nice conical shape. Unfortunately, this also has its drawbacks. Ideally suited as a composition of garden beds, but it will not serve us well as creating a natural hedge of thuja. Here, the brabant, which is much wider, will be much better. With its help we will achieve the effect of a uniform wall of greenery much easier, which will allow us to separate ourselves from prying eyes. I think that these tips have already helped you very well in choosing the right genre. As for the requirements, both conifers are very similar.
What conditions should be provided to thuja
They are not afraid of frost and are green all year round. Unfortunately, thujas have a shallow root system, which is why they need to be watered regularly. If we do it too rarely, the thuja will not grow as fast as we would expect. Otherwise on warm or winter days, the thuja can turn brown. Therefore, watering it in a moderate way is advisable. Interestingly, these conifers do not like polluted air, and as we are well aware, in Poland the problem of smog in winter occurs practically throughout the country.
It is worth taking care of the thuja in winter. Heavy ballast snow can break the branches of our conifers. That is why it is worth tying the string for winter to prevent such a situation. However, before we plant thuja in a place where we want it to grow, we must dig up the soil and clean it of roots and weeds. Thuja as we mentioned has a shallow root system. The weeds will take away the nutrients they need to grow. The sterilized soil will not serve it, the thuja may not accept or grow very slowly.
How big a hole we should dig is very easy to determine. When you bring the house home, they will be in the pots. Just make a hole in the ground three times the size of the pot. That's enough here. Before putting the thuja inside, water the cavity with water, and put the thuja for 10 minutes in a bucket of water. Then we put on the thuja and cover with earth. We plant the next trees at 50-centimeter intervals.
It is worth that the place where the bushes will grow is well sunny, but it obviously depends on the position of our plot. In the case of darkened places, it is worth considering buying higher trees previously grown, so as not to wait so long for the effects of their growth.
Remember that thuja doesn't like competition. Therefore, it should not be in close proximity to other plants or even the lawn itself! We apply the 50 cm rule here as in the case of the distance of one bush from another. If we plant it too close to other plants, it will not be able to meet its needs for minerals coming from soil or water.
When to plant thujas
We already know what to choose, what place will be the best and what conditions to provide them when planting. Time to choose the right time. Fortunately, they are all-season shrubs, and this means that the weather conditions are not dangerous to them. Of course, we will not plant them when the soil is frozen and hard, but when the winter is not sharp even then we can plant them. An emerald like a brabant can be planted all year round, but it must be thuja bought in pots. If we bought cuttings, we must give them some time to root before winter, in which case the best time for planting will be April, and finally the turn of August and September.
What else is worth knowing about thuja?
The process of buying thuja is very important. How fast it will grow also depends on the quality of the seedling, and the popularity of this plant has meant that we can buy it in many places and even supermarkets. Is it worth risking? We leave it to your assessment, but the best place to buy them are gardening companies that we know and know that they actually care about quality. The popularity of thuja in our gardens has meant that many people have specialized in their cultivation and we can easily buy them first hand from a person who cares for them and knows everything about them. Then he will be able to advise us on how to care for her and how to plant her.
Caring for thuja is a simple task. Thuja likes watering, so it's worth planning a watering system where you want it. Otherwise we will do it manually. Just remember not to overflow them. When it rains you do not have to water them, but on hot days or other dry periods it is worth watering it regularly in the evenings. Under them, it is very good to scatter bark, not only is a decorative element, but also inhibits the evaporation of water from the soil, so that the thuja will have more of it.
This is probably all of the most important information we would like to tell you about thuja. You already know when to plant thujas, you'll also know how to do it and how to take care of it later. It is not difficult, and the shrub will repay us with its beautiful appearance for many years. Also remember that thujeas you can prune and it is worth doing to keep their nice shape.