I would love to put Global Arborvitae in front of my home. The problem
is my picture window is only 22 inches above the ground. The ones I am
looking at grow to 3 ft high. There is a sidewalk that is 24 inches from
the house going past the front window to get to the side. If I plant
them in their original pot that I bought them in from Home Depot, will
that keep them from growing to the full 3 ft? Will they die if i plant
them in their original container?
On Friday, August 16, 2013 3:08:23 PM UTC-7, rstarre wrote:
Not knowing how big the original container is, I'd still venture that in th
e long run, the plants would be much happier in the ground. If you want to
keep them from growing more than a certain height, all you have to do is p
rune them so they branch out laterally (to the side) rather than vertically
(upward). If you do decide on lateral pruning, remember to leave enough s
pace on each side so they won't be crowded.
But don't do ANY pruning until the poor things have become established and
are putting out new growth!!!
Plenty of info on arbor vitae on-line to answer your questions. For example
, just in case -- some people think they should fertilize upon transplantin
g. No, no, no! Give them a chance to get their root systems going before y
ou give them a jolt of fertilizer.
BTW - what's actually wrong with having the plants showing a little through
the picture window? Matter of taste, of course, but could be attractive.
You bought them, above you say you're still looking.
Globe (not global) arborvitae is very easy to keep sheared to your
desired height/width, they can be sheared to any shape you desire... I
used to have some I kept as perfect cubes. And there are many
varietals, there are dwarf versions too... not all are of the giant
type... I have two upright arborvitae that were about two feet tall
ten years ago, now are about six feet but only about two feet wide...
I could have kept them sheared much shorter but chose not (they are
very dense and home to several songbirds), I've never pruned them. I'd
definitely plant it in the ground. If they don't behave as you like
they are very inexpensive and no biggie to replace... I think juniper
makes for a better low growing hedge... of course I've no idea which
zone you're in.
Not so. Mix some high-phosphorus fertilizer into the soil at planting
time to encourage root development. It's the best time in the plant's
life to fertilize it.
I once attended a lecture by a landscape architect who opened with a
slide presentation of the design mistakes he'd made over the years,
the point being that even pros can screw up. He then continued with
slides of successful installations from early in his career that were
now hideously overgrown and unsightly. Those were used to illustrate
an important point: Most foundation plantings are not meant to be
permanent. They provide a certain look for a certain period of time.
When they no longer provide that look due to size or age or
appearance, you should replace them.
Arborvitae tend to be somewhat slow growing. Plant them, enjoy them
for a decade or so, but when they finally outgrow the location, just
On Monday, August 19, 2013 10:20:49 AM UTC-7, Moe DeLoughan wrote:
I stand corrected/educated. I should have made clear the distinction betwe
en chemical and organic fertilizer application at planting time.
Phosphorus Fertilizer Application & Time of Application thumbnail
Phosphorus fertilizer helps plants grow strong roots.
Phosphorus fertilizer comes in an organic form like bone meal or an inorgan
ic form as a chemical liquid. Application rates and time of application var
y depending on whether you choose organic or inorganic phosphorus fertilize
r, how fast your plant grows and what type of plant you are growing.
Phosphorus fertilizer is used mainly to help plants develop strong
root systems. In most cases, it is added to the garden at the beginning of
the growing season or when you plant a new plant. Organic phosphorus fertil
izers like bone meal stay where you put it, waiting for plant roots to find
it and take it up. Chemical phosphorus fertilizers are added to water and
poured into the soil. It leaches or moves through the soil when it rains an
d might require additional applications.
Annual flowers and vegetables grow fast. They need a lot of phospho
rus fertilizer and water to sustain them. Spread bone meal under the soil b
efore planting seeds or put it in the hole before planting seedlings. Wait
until plants start to grow before adding chemical phosphorus fertilizer. Re
ad the recommendations on the bone meal box and chemical phosphorus fertili
zer box for application rates.
Read more: http://www.ehow.com/info_8062505_phosphorus-fertilizer-applicati
On Monday, August 19, 2013 3:13:15 PM UTC-7, Higgs Boson wrote:
ween chemical and organic fertilizer application at planting time.
anic form as a chemical liquid. Application rates and time of application v
ary depending on whether you choose organic or inorganic phosphorus fertili
zer, how fast your plant grows and what type of plant you are growing.
g root systems. In most cases, it is added to the garden at the beginning o
f the growing season or when you plant a new plant. Organic phosphorus fert
ilizers like bone meal stay where you put it, waiting for plant roots to fi
nd it and take it up. Chemical phosphorus fertilizers are added to water an
d poured into the soil. It leaches or moves through the soil when it rains
and might require additional applications.
horus fertilizer and water to sustain them. Spread bone meal under the soil
before planting seeds or put it in the hole before planting seedlings. Wai
t until plants start to grow before adding chemical phosphorus fertilizer.
Read the recommendations on the bone meal box and chemical phosphorus ferti
lizer box for application rates.
I just realized how my too-hasty post could have been misleading.
I was concerned that the poster would just throw in a bunch of all-purpose
fertilizer. causing the new plant to be very confused about whether it was
supposed to be rooting, leafing, flowering, or what?? Mea culpa.
(Agree that organic phosphorus fertilizer applied CAREFULLY is OK at planti
Last word to poster: When/if you buy phosphorus fertilizer, be sure to hav
e the store clerk explain the formula on the box or bag (assuming they know
!) so you don't end up with an all-purpose product. I was going to post a
site but it was so technical, I gave up myself.
New subject: Slightly OT, but can't resist a plug for my favorite garden "
additive" -- worm castings. I put some in the bottom of the hole when I tr
ansplant. (Probably should add some bonemeal, per this thread):
There is plenty of info on-line;
Available in most nurseries and in garden section of homeowners' stores.
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