I am looking to plant a new Emerald Arborvitae hedge next spring and am
wondering which would be better to purchase, the 2 or 3 year-old
transplants. I have heard that because they are younger after a couple
of years the 2 year do at least as well as the larger 3 year. Plus,
they cost less. Any thoughts, experience with this?
OK. I asked because the tall, slim arborvitae don't always hold up well with
heavy snow on their branches. It's not so much that they break, but they
assume new shapes that are difficult or impossible to correct. Sort of like
some people's hair when they first get out of bed.
Hi Travis and "Joe",
I am just preparing to plant and I need to order them now for spring
planting. I need about 80 or so and the company advised me to place my
order now to get them for spring. Given spring planting here where I
get a heavy snow a few times a year (Rochester, Minnesota Zone 4) what
would be best? Two or three year-old plants?
Thanks much, all!
Is this going to be a hedge? It seems you are determined. So, in
that case the cheapest size they sell is better than a larger plant.
They will establish faster and probably be as large or larger had you
originally planted the larger more expensive trees.
You might want to pick up a book on pruning. Arborvitae don't need much, but
I seem to recall reading years ago that there are some tricks by which you
can get them to stay bushy near the ground so the hedge is as opaque as
Good idea not only for this hedge, but for everything else. I still
don't feel comfortable pruning as I always feel like only kind of know
what I am doing. I don't think I've actually killed anything yet, but
I've probably stunted more than my fair share.
You should wrap twine around them before it snows to hold them
together. It might be better to plant them now so they have all
winter to get established, at least that is the recommended
planting time for trees here.
Travis in Shoreline (just North of Seattle) Washington
USDA Zone 8
I'm out of luck for planting them this year. I won't have my trenches
properly prepared for another few weeks and, besides, nobody has any to
send to zone 4 as far as I know in the fall. Each place I have checked
is spring only. I understand the suggestion, though, as I have planted
almost all my other trees in the fall and they have all done rather
well. Thanks for the thought.
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