Plant Thuja Tree of Life properly - Planting Time & Planting Distance

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As a hedge he is just as popular as an impressive specimen plant: the Thuja. He is an evergreen greenhouse an excellent wind and visual protection, but also makes a magnificent container plant in front of the house or as a stand-alone tree in the ornamental garden. In order to properly cultivate the fast-growing, easy-care plants, you should already consider a few things before planting in order to enjoy the Thuja hedge for a long time. The tree of life does not make high demands, we explain here how to find the optimal location and the right distances.
Lebensbäume are sunbathers, for this reason, they are ideal as a hedge plant, because they unfold their full beauty in the full sun. Avoid shady locations, your Thuja might react to this by refusing to grow. Also important is the soil at the planned location. Acid soils do not like the trees of life, as well as waterlogging is not tolerated. Compacted soil, just on garden paths should be loosened before planting, in heavy, permanently solid soil is recommended drainage of gravel and sand.

  • Do not plant too close to the paths, keep a distance of 30 to 40 cm
  • After watering, water a lot so that roots and firm hold develop quickly
  • Acid soil can be upgraded with a Kalkgab and makes it compatible with the Thuja
Selection of plants
There are numerous different varieties of Thuja-Lebensbäumen, of which some species can grow as a solitary to impressive size. For example, the Thuja occidentalis, which can grow up to 30 meters high in an optimal location over time. Some species grow very narrow, others stay low and slightly wider. Thuja brabant is especially recommended for hedge planting. It grows relatively quickly and soon fills in the interstices, forming a dense hedge.
  • You can buy small, young plants, it saves money, they can grow by themselves
  • Look for a well-rooted bale when buying
planting time
The classic planting time for woody plants is autumn. So the plant has enough time to develop its first firm roots and start growing in spring. This is also useful because the tree of life in the first few weeks needs a lot of water, the abundant rain in the autumn in our latitudes then saves the watering. Alternatively, spring offers itself. This allows the plants to start sprouting immediately, but also needs plenty of water. Since the container goods meanwhile can be planted all year round, a thuja hedge can also be set in the middle of summer, for example when a garden is being created.
  • Pay attention to good, strong roots in container goods
  • Do not plant in blazing sun, morning or evening is the best time
  • If you mix the excavated material with horn shavings or compost, you do not need to fertilize for the first time
  • For potted plants, no roots should protrude from the pot, these thuja are already too long
Proper distances are important
Lilac trees belong to the cypresses, which means they grow narrow and trapezoidal in height, width growth and vigorous proliferation is not to be feared. But this also means that when planting a hedge shorter distances should be maintained than in other plants. In general, for a Thuja Brabant as hedge planting about 50 cm distance is recommended, the narrow Korean Thuja requires only about 40 cm. However, it should not be less, because too dense plants take away the trees and water nutrients, which can lead to a balding and Vergessene the lower branches. In some cases, even single plants die, creating unsightly holes. Who sets young plants, must be aware that it may take some time until the gaps are closed and creates a dense hedge as a wind and visual protection. Nevertheless, it should not be planted too densely.
  • the planting hole should be twice as deep and deep as the root ball
  • even with loose soil, put some sand into it, which makes rooting easier
  • Firmly approach the earth, so that the slender tall plants find equal support
  • The top of the floor should end where the earth has ended in the pot or container
Recommended varieties
  • Thuja Brabant, ideal for hedge planting, fast-growing, slightly broader
  • Thuja occidentalis, remains narrow, suitable for hedge and solitaire
  • Thuja aurea nana, dwarf thuja with about 2.50 m height, also ideal as a container plant
  • Thuja koraiensis Nakai, broad-leaved
Care and cutting
Thuja needs little care, which is one of the reasons why it is so popular. If you plant the Tree of Life as a hedge, it will need a cut from time to time.It should be noted that cut as possible in the spring and only new shoots are cut. He is looking forward to receiving a long-term fertilizer in the spring, which will last for the whole summer.
  • do not cut anything in the old wood, these places can be corrugated
  • all parts of the plant are considered toxic, work with gloves, skin irritation may occur
  • Use sharp hedge trimmers so that no plant parts are squeezed
  • keep the trapezoidal shape when cutting, it is the natural form of cypress
  • By regular cutting the hedge can be well limited in height
Tip: Thuja branches are perfect for processing in a floral or Christmas wreath. Cut the branches in places that are already densely grown. Be sure to wear gloves while working. For children in the house, the application should be omitted.
The easy-care evergreen thuja tree of life is an ideal choice for a hedge plantation or as an impressive solitary tree. When planting, the chosen location and requirements for the plants should be taken into account. With a sunny spot and optimal distances, the tree of life grows rather quickly to a dense hedge, which is particularly suitable as a windbreak. Choose the right variety for your individual requirements, then you can soon look forward to a sturdy, evergreen hedge, which becomes more impressive every year.

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