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Planting Arborvitae

Planting_ArborvitaePlanting arborvitaes is easy, as they generally require no aftercare to thrive, aside from occasional pruning. Once a suitable site is selected, the hole should be dug large enough for the root system to spread out. The roots should be only a few inches underneath the surface of the soil, as they require air to grow properly.


Once in place, the plant should be watered.  Planting arborvitaes should be done in an area of moist, alkaline soil for best results. This is not required, however, as arborvitaes will grow in dry or acidic soil as well.

They can be planted just about anywhere that has full to partial sun. Hardy to zones three to eight, arborvitaes will not thrive in warmer climates.


Propagation of arborvitaes can be done best by clippings.  This is generally easier than it is on other plants, as the tree can literally be torn apart to make hundreds of smaller clippings.  Planting arborvitae clippings is easy to do, but takes some time before a mature plant grows.  The clipping should be about four inches of new growth, and should be placed in a sandy soil.  After planting arborvitae clippings, a mist of water should be applied for a few seconds every ten minutes or so.

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