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Oriental arborvitae
Oriental arborvitae
Oriental arborvitae
Oriental arborvitae
Oriental arborvitae
Oriental arborvitae
Oriental arborvitae
Platycladus orientalis
Also known as : Oriental thuja, Chinese arborvitae
Oriental arborvitae (Platycladus orientalis) is a small evergreen tree native to East Asia. Unlike many other plants, which share a "genus" family with many other species, the oriental arborvitae is the only member of the Platycladus genus. It is most often cultivated as an ornamental plant and a source of wood.
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Care Guide for Oriental arborvitae

Watering Care
Watering Care
Oriental arborvitae is a moderate drinker. The soil should be kept moist but not too wet. In most places, this will mean providing supplemental waterings during the summer. In more arid environments, you may have to water regularly throughout the year.
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Oriental arborvitae can be fed yearly when first getting established, and then once every two or three years thereafter. In most situations, a slow-released, balanced (e.g., 10-10-10) formula works best. Try looking for a balanced mix that's specially formulated for trees and shrubs. Feed in early spring, before the growing season starts in earnest.
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Trim the diseased, withered leaves once a month.
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Sand, Loam, Clay, Chalky, Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
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4 to 9
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Mid spring, Late spring, Early summer, Fall, Early winter
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Questions About Oriental arborvitae

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What is the best way to water my Oriental arborvitae?
If you decide to water your Oriental arborvitae, you will be happy to find that it is a straightforward task. One of the easiest ways to water this tree is by simply turning on your garden hose and using it to soak the soil slowly. Your garden hose is the ideal watering tool to use for mature Oriental arborvitae trees, as large specimens may need a high volume of water during each watering. However, for smaller trees, you may get by by using a watering can or some other smaller watering tool. Also, you should try to avoid overhead watering as excessive moisture on this plant’s leaves can lead to disease, especially when the tree is young.
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What should I do if I water my Oriental arborvitae too much or too little?
At times, overwatering can be the result of poor soils. Mainly, if the soil in which your Oriental arborvitae grows does not allow water to drain effectively, the plant will likely begin to decline. If this is the case, you should either amend the soil to improve its drainage characteristics or transplant your Oriental arborvitae to a more favorable growing location. If you grow your Oriental arborvitae in a pot, this can also mean you may need to repot your plant with looser soils in a container that allows for better drainage. An overwatered plant may also contract diseases, which you should try to treat immediately. For an underwatered Oriental arborvitae, the remedy is quite simple. Begin watering more often, and soon your plant will bounce back and return to full health.
The easiest way to tell if you have overwatered your Oriental arborvitae is to observe the plant’s foliage. Specifically, looking at the new growth will give the clearest sign of whether this plant suffers from too much moisture. An overwatered Oriental arborvitae may produce new growth, but that new growth may be discolored or prone to easy breakage. Another sign that the soil for your Oriental arborvitae is too moist is if you notice standing water or that water is not draining quickly in your plant’s growing area. Underwatered Oriental arborvitae trees will also have symptoms present in the foliage. In this case, the leaves may become sparse, brown. Usually, Oriental arborvitae can grow well with rainfulls. If you see such symptoms on your plant, you should consider if there has been too much rain recently or constantly high temperatures, which will help you to make the correct judgment.
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How often should I water my Oriental arborvitae?
A mature Oriental arborvitae does not need much water at all. In most instances, this tree will become drought tolerant and survive off of nothing more than rainfall. At most, you’ll need to water this plant about once per week during the hottest months of the year, but during other seasons, you probably won’t need to water it at all. The exception to that rule is if you are dealing with a plant that has been newly planted. If that is the case, you should water regularly to maintain consistent soil moisture and help the roots establish themselves. With that said, the most important thing to remember when watering Oriental arborvitae is that this species does not tolerate standing water. As such, when in doubt, you should err on the side of not watering your Oriental arborvitae rather than risking watering it too much.
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How much water does my Oriental arborvitae need?
The height of summer is one of the few times that you’ll need to water your Oriental arborvitae. At that time of year, it is typical to give this plant about one inch of water per week. However, that amount can change depending on how much it has rained. If it has rained one inch or more that week, you won’t need to give any water to your Oriental arborvitae.newly planted Oriental arborvitae will need more water during the establishment period. Typically, this amounts to watering about once every one to two weeks for the first few growing seasons.
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How should I water my Oriental arborvitae through the seasons?
The Oriental arborvitae tree will need the most water during the summer months when the weather is the hottest. At that time, you should give this plant water about once per week in the absence of rainfall. During other times of the year, this plant will often survive with no water at all. In spring and fall, you might need to provide some water if the weather is exceptionally hot, but this is rare. Unlike many other plants, the Oriental arborvitae does not enter full dormancy in winter, which means that it will continue growing, during the coldest months. Still, the water needs during winter will remain quite low as the cool temperatures will not cause the soil to dry out quickly..
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How should I water my Oriental arborvitae at different growth stages?
Young Oriental arborvitae trees need significantly more water than those that are established. A newly planted tree should receive water at least weekly to ensure that the soil remains moist to facilitate root development. After the first growing season, your Oriental arborvitae should be well-adapted to its new growing location and should need much less water. At this time, you can begin following the standard instructions for watering this species, providing supplemental water about once per week during summer when it does not rain. Beyond that, there is no other time at which you’ll need to alter your watering habits based on the growth stages of the Oriental arborvitae tree.
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What's the difference between watering Oriental arborvitae indoors and outdoors?
It is far more common to grow the Oriental arborvitae in an outdoor growing location. However, it is also possible to grow this plant indoors in a container. In that scenario, one gardener often raise the Oriental arborvitae as the bonsai plant. Whether you grow this plant indoors or outdoors, you can expect its water needs to remain relatively similar. The one difference is that you may need to water an indoor Oriental arborvitae tree a bit more. Indoor plants won’t have access to rainfall during the summer. Also, indoor areas are often much drier than outdoor growing locations, and the size of the pots limits the water-retainability, which can lead to higher water needs.
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Key Facts About Oriental arborvitae

Attributes of Oriental arborvitae

Lifespan
Perennial
Plant Type
Tree
Planting Time
Mid spring, Late spring, Early summer, Fall, Early winter
Bloom Time
Spring
Harvest Time
Fall
Plant Height
15 m to 20 m
Spread
6 m
Leaf Color
Green
Blue
Yellow
Flower Size
2 mm
Flower Color
Green
Yellow
Fruit Color
Brown
Red
Green
Copper
Blue
Dormancy
Winter dormancy
Leaf type
Evergreen
Growth Season
Spring
Pollinators
Wind
Growth Rate
Slow

Name story

Oriental arborvitae
Arborvitae comes from latin meaning tree of life because this plant has a long lifespan. It is believed that the Chinese Buddhism temple is surrounded by the plant for more than 1000 years of history. Oriental comes from the specific epithet, orientalis referring to its origin, east Asia. Hence, it is called the oriental arborvitae.

Symbolism

Patience, strength, long life, undying friendship

Usages

Artistic Value
Chinese arborvitae is one of the most widely planted greening plants in China.
Environmental Protection Value
Chinese arborvitae has strong resistance to dirty air. It can absorb dust and reduce noise.
Garden Use
The oriental arborvitae grows as a large shrub, with compact cultivars more common in small gardens. This plant offers gardeners a privacy screen when planted in mass but may also be a specimen. Companion plants to the oriental arborvitae include Barberry, Hydrangea, Ornamental grass, and other evergreens.

Trivia and Interesting Facts

Oriental arborvitae is an important tree in Buddhist culture. The tree's wood is often used for incense burning in temples. In addition, oriental arborvitae symbolizes longevity and health in Chinese Buddhism, like due to the tree's long life span. Some oriental arborvitae specimens nearby Buddhist temples are over 1,000 years old.

Scientific Classification of Oriental arborvitae

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Common Pests & Diseases About Oriental arborvitae

Common issues for Oriental arborvitae based on 10 million real cases
Dieback
Dieback Dieback
Dieback
Dieback is a disease that causes the browning and eventual death of plant tissues, affecting Oriental arborvitae. This leads to a decline in health and vitality, usually starting from the upper canopy and spreading downwards.
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Aged yellow and dry
Natural aging can cause leaves to turn yellow and dry out.
Solutions: If the yellowing and drying of leaves and flowers is a natural progression due to age, nothing can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible.
Branch blight
Branch blight Branch blight
Branch blight
Branch blight can cause lignified branches to dry up entirely and die.
Solutions: Inspect trees frequently, and remove any infected branches as soon as possible. Branch blight cannot be cured, so the only treatment is to prune the tree and monitor it carefully for signs of the disease. All affected parts of the tree should be removed, since blight can survive over the winter inside the plant’s tissues. Blight can become systemic in the tree, in which case the entire plant should be removed so it does not remain a host for the pathogen and allow it to spread.
Underwatering
Underwatering Underwatering
Underwatering
Leaves may wilt for a variety of reasons.
Solutions: The easiest (and most obvious) way to address underwatering is to fully hydrate the plant. However, this must be done carefully. A common mistake that many gardeners make is to douse their underwatered plants with water. This can overwhelm the roots of the plant and shock its system, something that can be even more damaging than the lack of water to begin with. Instead, water thoroughly and slowly, taking breaks to let the water slowly saturate through the soil to get to the roots. Use room temperature water, as cold water might be too much of a shock. In the future, shorten the time between waterings. A good rule of thumb is to check the soil around each plant daily. If it’s dry to at least two inches down, it’s time to water. If a container plant is repeatedly drying out very quickly, repotting into a slower-draining container might be a good idea, too.
Fruit rot
Fruit rot Fruit rot
Fruit rot
Soft rot in the fruit can have a variety of causes.
Solutions: Prune out and destroy infected spurs and branches. Correct spacing between plants to reduce wind-born infection. Chemical fungicides may become necessary. Bird deterrents and biological or chemical treatments for insects will reduce fruit damage, making it harder for fungal infections to take hold.
Flower withering
Flower withering Flower withering
Flower withering
Flowers may dry out due to a sudden change in environment or because the plant has completed its normal flowering period.
Solutions: If flower withering is a natural progression due to age, there is nothing that can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible. For lack of water, immediately water the plant using room temperature rainwater, bottled spring water, or filtered tap water. Water container plants until excess water drains out the bottom; water in-ground plants until the soil is soaked but there isn’t standing water on the surface. In the event of nutritional deficiencies, the best solution is to use a granular or water-soluble liquid fertilizer, and apply it to the soil at about half the recommended dosage. Keep it off the leaves and make sure granular products are watered into the soil well. If the plant is infected with a bacterial or fungal pathogen, there is no course of treatment that cures the diseased plants. The best solution is to remove the infected plants and dispose of the plant material off-site. Do not put in a compost pile.
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What is Dieback Disease on Oriental arborvitae?
What is Dieback Disease on Oriental arborvitae?
Dieback is a disease that causes the browning and eventual death of plant tissues, affecting Oriental arborvitae. This leads to a decline in health and vitality, usually starting from the upper canopy and spreading downwards.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Symptoms in Oriental arborvitae include yellowing leaves, browning tips or margins, and gradual decline in the tree health. Later stages show dieback of the branch tips, leading to canopy thinning and dead, bare branches.
What Causes Dieback Disease on Oriental arborvitae?
What Causes Dieback Disease on Oriental arborvitae?
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fungal pathogen
Dieback in Oriental arborvitae is often caused by Phytophthora spp., a species of parasitic fungi.
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Poorly drained soil
Overwatering or waterlogged conditions promote fungal growth, exacerbating dieback.
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Environmental stress
Cold weather or drought can weaken Oriental arborvitae, making it more susceptible to disease.
How to Treat Dieback Disease on Oriental arborvitae?
How to Treat Dieback Disease on Oriental arborvitae?
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Non pesticide
Regular watering: Water the Oriental arborvitae appropriately, avoiding waterlogging as it can lead to fungal growth.

Prune Infected Parts: Remove and destroy affected branches to prevent disease spread.

Improve soil conditions: Encourage good drainage to prevent water accumulation.
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Pesticide
Fungicide application: Use a fungicide to control the spread of the pathogen. It should be applied according to manufacturer’s instructions.
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Aged yellow and dry
Natural aging can cause leaves to turn yellow and dry out.
Overview
Overview
Regardless of the type of plant or where it is grown, at some point, it will begin to aged yellow and dry. This is a natural, unavoidable process that happens when the plant has completed all of the steps in its life.
Annual plants go through this process at the end of a single growing season. Perennial plants live for multiple years, if not tens or hundreds of years, but will still ultimately exhibit these symptoms.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
When plants have progressed through their natural developmental stages and are nearing the end of their lifecycle, they begin showing signs of decline. Leaves will start to yellow and droop, and over time they turn papery brown and dry.
Once completely dry, the leaves begin to fall from the plant until the entire plant has dried out.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
At the end of its life, genetic coding within the plant increases the production of ethylene, a phytohormone that controls senescence or natural aging and death. Cell division stops, and the plant begins catabolizing resources to use in other parts of the plant.
As this happens, the tissues begin yellow and drying until the entire plant is desiccated and perishes.
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Branch blight
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Branch blight
Branch blight can cause lignified branches to dry up entirely and die.
Overview
Overview
"Blight" is an umbrella term used to describe a category of tree diseases caused by fungus or bacteria. Branch blight occurs when fungus attacks the branches and twigs of a tree, resulting in branches slowly dying off.
Branch blight can affect most species of trees to some degree, and it may be called by different names including twig blight or stem blight. It is caused by a variety of fungi which attack branches first, especially immature growth.
Blight usually occurs in warm, humid conditions, so is most common in the spring and summer months. Because specific environmental conditions are required, the frequency of branch blight can vary from year to year. This makes the disease hard to control, as it can spread between trees and affect multiple plants in a short period of time.
In the worst-case scenario, trees can lose significant portions of their foliage and fail to produce fruit. Young or unhealthy trees could die off completely.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
The first symptoms of branch blight are that the emerging foliage turns brown or gray at the tips, especially on the smallest branches. Brown spots cover the entire surface of the leaves, eventually causing leaves and stems to shrivel and fall off. Over time, the dying tissue will spread toward the center of the plant. If left untreated, spores from the attacking fungus may appear on dying foliage within 3-4 weeks of the infection.
In some cases, lesions may form at the spot where the twig branches off from the healthy tissue. Branches may display girdling, which is a band of damaged tissue encircling the branch. An untreated tree will eventually lose all of its foliage and die.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
  • Pathogens on young twigs and foliage cause disease
  • Stressed and unhealthy trees are more susceptible - root injury due to physical or insect damage, infection, or aging can prevent adequate absorption of water and nutrients
  • Extremely wet conditions including sprinkler watering can attract fungus
  • Fungi can be transmitted between nearby trees
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Underwatering
Leaves may wilt for a variety of reasons.
Overview
Overview
Underwatering plants is one of the quickest ways to kill them. This is something that most gardeners are well aware of. Unfortunately, knowing exactly how much water a plant needs can be tricky, especially considering that underwatering and overwatering present similar symptoms in plants.
Therefore, it’s important to be vigilant and attentive to each plants’ individual needs.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
As mentioned earlier, overwatering and underwatering present similar symptoms in plants. These symptoms include poor growth, wilted leaves, defoliation, and brown leaf tips or margins. Ultimately, both underwatering and overwatering can lead to the death of a plant.
The easiest way to determine whether a plant has too much water or too little is to look at the leaves. If underwatering is the culprit, the leaves will look brown and crunchy, while if it’s overwatering, they will appear yellow or a pale green in color.
When this issue first begins, there may be no noticeable symptoms at all, particularly in hardy or drought-tolerant plants. However, they will begin to wilt once they start suffering from a lack of water. The edges of the plant’s leaves will become brown or curled. Soil pulling away from the edges of the planter is a telltale sign, or a crispy, brittle stem.
Prolonged underwatering can cause a plant’s growth to become stunted. The leaves might drop and the plant can be more susceptible to pest infestations, too.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
Underwatering is caused by, quite simply, not watering plants often or deeply enough. There is a heightened risk of underwatering if any of these situations apply:
  • Extreme heat and dry weather (when growing outdoors)
  • Grow lights or indoor lighting that is too bright or intense for the type of plant
  • Using fast-draining growing media such as sand
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Fruit rot
Soft rot in the fruit can have a variety of causes.
Overview
Overview
Fruit rot is quite common, and there are a large number of factors that can lie at the heart of this problem. Symptoms also vary from fruit to fruit and from cause to cause, but in general, one can recognize fruit that is rotten or starting to rot. Many of the most common causes of rotting are related to fungal diseases, which enter the fruit through wounds such as those caused by birds. The disease then spreads outwards from the wound. From there it can spread to neighboring fruit or be carried by the wind to plants further away.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Below are some of the broader symptoms to look out for in cases of fruit rot. If this occurs on just one or two fruit it may just be as the result of a small-scale infection, but if it is widespread then a fungal infection problem is likely.
  1. Small brown spots appear on the fruit.
  2. Brown spots expand, normally in concentric circles and the center starts to go soft and mushy.
  3. Mushiness spreads and grey or brown powdery pustules start to coat the fruit.
  4. Some fruit will drop but others may remain and gradually turn mummified.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
Fruit rot is often caused by fungal infection. These fungi overwinter on fallen fruit, and then the spores are spread by the wind the following spring. Birds and sap-sucking insects can also act as vectors. Entry to new fruit is made considerably easier if there are wounds of any kind through which the spores can penetrate the skin. The healthier the tree or plant, the better able it is to defend itself from infection.
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Flower withering
Flowers may dry out due to a sudden change in environment or because the plant has completed its normal flowering period.
Overview
Overview
Flower withering occurs when flowers become weak, droopy, wilted, or faded until they can’t be revived. During withering, they begin to wrinkle and shrink until the flower becomes completely dry or dead.
Any flowers, regardless of the plant type or the climate they are grown in, are susceptible to withering. It is a worldwide problem across houseplants, herbs, flowering ornamentals, trees, shrubs, garden vegetables, and food crops.
Unlike wilting—which withering is often confused with—withering can be caused by different things and is often due to more than a lack of water. Withering can be fatal in severe cases.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Flower withering progresses from very mild cases to severe occurrences that kill the flower. The severity of the symptoms is related to the cause and how long the condition is allowed to progress before action is taken.
  • Wilted, droopy flowers
  • Petals and leaves begin to wrinkle
  • Brown papery streaks or spots appear on the petals and leaf tips
  • Flowerhead shrink in size
  • Petal color fades
  • Yellowing leaves
  • Complete death of the flower
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
The main causes of flower withering include natural age progress, lack of water, nutritional deficiencies, and bacterial or fungal diseases. It’s critical to determine the underlying cause when flower withering is noticed. This will guide the best course of action, if treatment is possible.
Check the soil for moisture and then closely examine the entire plant for signs of nutrient deficiencies. If neither of those appears to be the cause then cut open the stem below a flower. If a cross-section reveals brown or rust-colored stains it is safe to assume that this is a bacterial or fungal infection.
If the flower is nearing the end of its normal lifespan, genetic coding within the plant increases the production of ethylene, a phytohormone that controls senescence, or cell aging and death. Cell division stops and the plant begins breaking down resources within the flower to use in other parts of the plant.
In all other cases, flower withering happens when the plant seals off the stem as a defense mechanism, stopping transport within the vascular system. This prevents further water loss through the flowers but also stops bacteria and fungi from moving to healthy parts of the plant. Once water and nutrient transport stops, the flower begins to wither and ultimately die.
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Distribution of Oriental arborvitae

Habitat of Oriental arborvitae

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Oriental arborvitae is native to eastern Russia, China, and Korea, where it is listed as Near Threatened. Its native habitat is open woodlands, slopes, and degraded forests. It has been introduced in the Mediterranean, India, and the southeastern US and is often cultivated for use in parks, gardens, and hedges.
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Water
Every 1-2 weeks
Oriental arborvitae hails from regions in East Asia, including China, Korea, and Japan. It typically thrives in well-drained soil and can tolerate a range of soil pH levels. In its native environment, oriental arborvitae is accustomed to receiving moderate to high levels of rainfall and prefers humid conditions. As a result, oriental arborvitae has a high watering requirement and needs regular watering to mimic its natural habitat. It is important to ensure that the soil remains consistently moist, but not waterlogged, to meet its watering needs.
Watering Techniques
Lighting
Full sun
Oriental arborvitae craves abundant exposure to sun, thriving best in environments where sunlight is plentiful. It can withstand areas where sun rays filter through intermittently. Sun exposure is vital for its growth, promoting its health and enhancing its vigor. However, too much or too little light can potentially harm it, causing damage or impeding growth.
Best Sunlight Practices
Temperature
-25 38 ℃
The Oriental arborvitae oriental arborvitae's native growth environment thrives in a temperature range of 23 to 77 ℉ (-5 to 25 ℃). It can tolerate colder temperatures down to 5 ℉ (-15 ℃), but prefers a comfortable range of 41 to 95 ℉ (5 to 35 ℃). In winters, it's advisable to avoid high humidity and extreme cold temperatures. In summers, it's best to provide some shade to protect against the hot sun.
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Transplant
10-15 feet
For successful oriental arborvitae transplanting, choose the warm embrace of late spring to early summer. It's essential to find a sunny or partially shaded location with well-draining soil for oriental arborvitae. Remember to keep the roots moist during the process to ensure their well-being.
Transplant Techniques
Pollination
Normal
Oriental arborvitae relies on the gentle gusts of wind for pollination, an invisible dance of nature that effectively transfers pollen from the male to the female cones. This silent arboreal ballet is cast onto the wind, embodying the simplistic, yet powerful nature-backed pollination mechanism of oriental arborvitae. This typically takes place during spring, ensuring the continuity of this dazzling flora.
Pollination Techniques
Dieback
Dieback is a disease that causes the browning and eventual death of plant tissues, affecting Oriental arborvitae. This leads to a decline in health and vitality, usually starting from the upper canopy and spreading downwards.
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Feng shui direction
East
Oriental arborvitae is considered to be harmonious with the East-facing direction, as it is known for fostering growth and auspicious energy. This plant's robust and evergreen characteristics are believed to symbolize longevity and resilience, which may enhance the flow of the vital Qi energy in an Eastern-oriented section of your space. However, it's important to remember that Feng Shui is highly individualistic and subjective, so results may vary based on the specific environment and personal preferences.
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Platycladus orientalis
Also known as: Oriental thuja, Chinese arborvitae
Oriental arborvitae (Platycladus orientalis) is a small evergreen tree native to East Asia. Unlike many other plants, which share a "genus" family with many other species, the oriental arborvitae is the only member of the Platycladus genus. It is most often cultivated as an ornamental plant and a source of wood.
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Attributes of Oriental arborvitae

Lifespan
Perennial
Plant Type
Tree
Planting Time
Mid spring, Late spring, Early summer, Fall, Early winter
Bloom Time
Spring
Harvest Time
Fall
Plant Height
15 m to 20 m
Spread
6 m
Leaf Color
Green
Blue
Yellow
Flower Size
2 mm
Flower Color
Green
Yellow
Fruit Color
Brown
Red
Green
Copper
Blue
Dormancy
Winter dormancy
Leaf type
Evergreen
Growth Season
Spring
Pollinators
Wind
Growth Rate
Slow
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Name story

Oriental arborvitae
Arborvitae comes from latin meaning tree of life because this plant has a long lifespan. It is believed that the Chinese Buddhism temple is surrounded by the plant for more than 1000 years of history. Oriental comes from the specific epithet, orientalis referring to its origin, east Asia. Hence, it is called the oriental arborvitae.

Symbolism

Patience, strength, long life, undying friendship

Usages

Artistic Value
Chinese arborvitae is one of the most widely planted greening plants in China.
Environmental Protection Value
Chinese arborvitae has strong resistance to dirty air. It can absorb dust and reduce noise.
Garden Use
The oriental arborvitae grows as a large shrub, with compact cultivars more common in small gardens. This plant offers gardeners a privacy screen when planted in mass but may also be a specimen. Companion plants to the oriental arborvitae include Barberry, Hydrangea, Ornamental grass, and other evergreens.

Trivia and Interesting Facts

Oriental arborvitae is an important tree in Buddhist culture. The tree's wood is often used for incense burning in temples. In addition, oriental arborvitae symbolizes longevity and health in Chinese Buddhism, like due to the tree's long life span. Some oriental arborvitae specimens nearby Buddhist temples are over 1,000 years old.

Scientific Classification of Oriental arborvitae

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Dieback
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Dieback is a disease that causes the browning and eventual death of plant tissues, affecting Oriental arborvitae. This leads to a decline in health and vitality, usually starting from the upper canopy and spreading downwards.
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Natural aging can cause leaves to turn yellow and dry out.
Solutions: If the yellowing and drying of leaves and flowers is a natural progression due to age, nothing can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible.
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Branch blight
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Branch blight can cause lignified branches to dry up entirely and die.
Solutions: Inspect trees frequently, and remove any infected branches as soon as possible. Branch blight cannot be cured, so the only treatment is to prune the tree and monitor it carefully for signs of the disease. All affected parts of the tree should be removed, since blight can survive over the winter inside the plant’s tissues. Blight can become systemic in the tree, in which case the entire plant should be removed so it does not remain a host for the pathogen and allow it to spread.
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Underwatering
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Leaves may wilt for a variety of reasons.
Solutions: The easiest (and most obvious) way to address underwatering is to fully hydrate the plant. However, this must be done carefully. A common mistake that many gardeners make is to douse their underwatered plants with water. This can overwhelm the roots of the plant and shock its system, something that can be even more damaging than the lack of water to begin with. Instead, water thoroughly and slowly, taking breaks to let the water slowly saturate through the soil to get to the roots. Use room temperature water, as cold water might be too much of a shock. In the future, shorten the time between waterings. A good rule of thumb is to check the soil around each plant daily. If it’s dry to at least two inches down, it’s time to water. If a container plant is repeatedly drying out very quickly, repotting into a slower-draining container might be a good idea, too.
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Fruit rot
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Soft rot in the fruit can have a variety of causes.
Solutions: Prune out and destroy infected spurs and branches. Correct spacing between plants to reduce wind-born infection. Chemical fungicides may become necessary. Bird deterrents and biological or chemical treatments for insects will reduce fruit damage, making it harder for fungal infections to take hold.
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Flower withering
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Flowers may dry out due to a sudden change in environment or because the plant has completed its normal flowering period.
Solutions: If flower withering is a natural progression due to age, there is nothing that can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible. For lack of water, immediately water the plant using room temperature rainwater, bottled spring water, or filtered tap water. Water container plants until excess water drains out the bottom; water in-ground plants until the soil is soaked but there isn’t standing water on the surface. In the event of nutritional deficiencies, the best solution is to use a granular or water-soluble liquid fertilizer, and apply it to the soil at about half the recommended dosage. Keep it off the leaves and make sure granular products are watered into the soil well. If the plant is infected with a bacterial or fungal pathogen, there is no course of treatment that cures the diseased plants. The best solution is to remove the infected plants and dispose of the plant material off-site. Do not put in a compost pile.
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What is Dieback Disease on Oriental arborvitae?
What is Dieback Disease on Oriental arborvitae?
Dieback is a disease that causes the browning and eventual death of plant tissues, affecting Oriental arborvitae. This leads to a decline in health and vitality, usually starting from the upper canopy and spreading downwards.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Symptoms in Oriental arborvitae include yellowing leaves, browning tips or margins, and gradual decline in the tree health. Later stages show dieback of the branch tips, leading to canopy thinning and dead, bare branches.
What Causes Dieback Disease on Oriental arborvitae?
What Causes Dieback Disease on Oriental arborvitae?
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fungal pathogen
Dieback in Oriental arborvitae is often caused by Phytophthora spp., a species of parasitic fungi.
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Poorly drained soil
Overwatering or waterlogged conditions promote fungal growth, exacerbating dieback.
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Environmental stress
Cold weather or drought can weaken Oriental arborvitae, making it more susceptible to disease.
How to Treat Dieback Disease on Oriental arborvitae?
How to Treat Dieback Disease on Oriental arborvitae?
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Regular watering: Water the Oriental arborvitae appropriately, avoiding waterlogging as it can lead to fungal growth.

Prune Infected Parts: Remove and destroy affected branches to prevent disease spread.

Improve soil conditions: Encourage good drainage to prevent water accumulation.
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Pesticide
Fungicide application: Use a fungicide to control the spread of the pathogen. It should be applied according to manufacturer’s instructions.
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Natural aging can cause leaves to turn yellow and dry out.
Overview
Overview
Regardless of the type of plant or where it is grown, at some point, it will begin to aged yellow and dry. This is a natural, unavoidable process that happens when the plant has completed all of the steps in its life.
Annual plants go through this process at the end of a single growing season. Perennial plants live for multiple years, if not tens or hundreds of years, but will still ultimately exhibit these symptoms.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
When plants have progressed through their natural developmental stages and are nearing the end of their lifecycle, they begin showing signs of decline. Leaves will start to yellow and droop, and over time they turn papery brown and dry.
Once completely dry, the leaves begin to fall from the plant until the entire plant has dried out.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
At the end of its life, genetic coding within the plant increases the production of ethylene, a phytohormone that controls senescence or natural aging and death. Cell division stops, and the plant begins catabolizing resources to use in other parts of the plant.
As this happens, the tissues begin yellow and drying until the entire plant is desiccated and perishes.
Solutions
Solutions
If the yellowing and drying of leaves and flowers is a natural progression due to age, nothing can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible.
Prevention
Prevention
Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent plants from dying of “old age.” To help prolong their life, and put off symptoms of aged yellow and dry for as long as possible, take care of them by giving them enough water, fertilizing them appropriately, and making sure they get enough sunlight.
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Branch blight
Branch blight can cause lignified branches to dry up entirely and die.
Overview
Overview
"Blight" is an umbrella term used to describe a category of tree diseases caused by fungus or bacteria. Branch blight occurs when fungus attacks the branches and twigs of a tree, resulting in branches slowly dying off.
Branch blight can affect most species of trees to some degree, and it may be called by different names including twig blight or stem blight. It is caused by a variety of fungi which attack branches first, especially immature growth.
Blight usually occurs in warm, humid conditions, so is most common in the spring and summer months. Because specific environmental conditions are required, the frequency of branch blight can vary from year to year. This makes the disease hard to control, as it can spread between trees and affect multiple plants in a short period of time.
In the worst-case scenario, trees can lose significant portions of their foliage and fail to produce fruit. Young or unhealthy trees could die off completely.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
The first symptoms of branch blight are that the emerging foliage turns brown or gray at the tips, especially on the smallest branches. Brown spots cover the entire surface of the leaves, eventually causing leaves and stems to shrivel and fall off. Over time, the dying tissue will spread toward the center of the plant. If left untreated, spores from the attacking fungus may appear on dying foliage within 3-4 weeks of the infection.
In some cases, lesions may form at the spot where the twig branches off from the healthy tissue. Branches may display girdling, which is a band of damaged tissue encircling the branch. An untreated tree will eventually lose all of its foliage and die.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
  • Pathogens on young twigs and foliage cause disease
  • Stressed and unhealthy trees are more susceptible - root injury due to physical or insect damage, infection, or aging can prevent adequate absorption of water and nutrients
  • Extremely wet conditions including sprinkler watering can attract fungus
  • Fungi can be transmitted between nearby trees
Solutions
Solutions
  • Inspect trees frequently, and remove any infected branches as soon as possible. Branch blight cannot be cured, so the only treatment is to prune the tree and monitor it carefully for signs of the disease.
  • All affected parts of the tree should be removed, since blight can survive over the winter inside the plant’s tissues.
  • Blight can become systemic in the tree, in which case the entire plant should be removed so it does not remain a host for the pathogen and allow it to spread.
Prevention
Prevention
  • Avoid purchasing trees with dead or dying growth.
  • Sterilize cutting tools frequently when pruning to avoid spreading fungus between plants.
  • Keep trees mulched and watered, especially during dry periods, to prevent stress.
  • Avoid splashing water on the leaves when watering, as wet foliage is attractive to fungi and bacteria.
  • When planting, allow enough room between trees that there will be sufficient air circulation for them to dry out. Crowding trees too close together can increase humidity and allow the fungi to transfer.
  • When conditions are wet and humid, a fungicide can be used on new growth.
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Leaves may wilt for a variety of reasons.
Overview
Overview
Underwatering plants is one of the quickest ways to kill them. This is something that most gardeners are well aware of. Unfortunately, knowing exactly how much water a plant needs can be tricky, especially considering that underwatering and overwatering present similar symptoms in plants.
Therefore, it’s important to be vigilant and attentive to each plants’ individual needs.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
As mentioned earlier, overwatering and underwatering present similar symptoms in plants. These symptoms include poor growth, wilted leaves, defoliation, and brown leaf tips or margins. Ultimately, both underwatering and overwatering can lead to the death of a plant.
The easiest way to determine whether a plant has too much water or too little is to look at the leaves. If underwatering is the culprit, the leaves will look brown and crunchy, while if it’s overwatering, they will appear yellow or a pale green in color.
When this issue first begins, there may be no noticeable symptoms at all, particularly in hardy or drought-tolerant plants. However, they will begin to wilt once they start suffering from a lack of water. The edges of the plant’s leaves will become brown or curled. Soil pulling away from the edges of the planter is a telltale sign, or a crispy, brittle stem.
Prolonged underwatering can cause a plant’s growth to become stunted. The leaves might drop and the plant can be more susceptible to pest infestations, too.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
Underwatering is caused by, quite simply, not watering plants often or deeply enough. There is a heightened risk of underwatering if any of these situations apply:
  • Extreme heat and dry weather (when growing outdoors)
  • Grow lights or indoor lighting that is too bright or intense for the type of plant
  • Using fast-draining growing media such as sand
Solutions
Solutions
The easiest (and most obvious) way to address underwatering is to fully hydrate the plant. However, this must be done carefully. A common mistake that many gardeners make is to douse their underwatered plants with water. This can overwhelm the roots of the plant and shock its system, something that can be even more damaging than the lack of water to begin with.
Instead, water thoroughly and slowly, taking breaks to let the water slowly saturate through the soil to get to the roots. Use room temperature water, as cold water might be too much of a shock.
In the future, shorten the time between waterings. A good rule of thumb is to check the soil around each plant daily. If it’s dry to at least two inches down, it’s time to water. If a container plant is repeatedly drying out very quickly, repotting into a slower-draining container might be a good idea, too.
Prevention
Prevention
Always check the soil before watering. If the top inch of soil feels moist, though not wet, the watering is perfect. If it’s dry, water it immediately. If it feels soggy, you avoid watering until it dries out a bit more.
Also, make sure the lighting is sufficient for the species. Plants grow faster and need more water when there is intense light or lots of heat. Being aware of these conditions and modifying them, if possible, is a good way to prevent underwatering. Many container plants are potted in soil mixtures mean to be well-draining. Adding materials that retain moisture, like compost or peat moss, can also prevent these symptoms.
Other tips to prevent underwatering include:
  • Choose pots with adequately-sized drainage holes
  • Avoid warm temperatures
  • Use large pots with additional soil (these take longer to dry out)
  • Avoid terracotta pots, which lose water quickly
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Fruit rot
Soft rot in the fruit can have a variety of causes.
Overview
Overview
Fruit rot is quite common, and there are a large number of factors that can lie at the heart of this problem. Symptoms also vary from fruit to fruit and from cause to cause, but in general, one can recognize fruit that is rotten or starting to rot. Many of the most common causes of rotting are related to fungal diseases, which enter the fruit through wounds such as those caused by birds. The disease then spreads outwards from the wound. From there it can spread to neighboring fruit or be carried by the wind to plants further away.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Below are some of the broader symptoms to look out for in cases of fruit rot. If this occurs on just one or two fruit it may just be as the result of a small-scale infection, but if it is widespread then a fungal infection problem is likely.
  1. Small brown spots appear on the fruit.
  2. Brown spots expand, normally in concentric circles and the center starts to go soft and mushy.
  3. Mushiness spreads and grey or brown powdery pustules start to coat the fruit.
  4. Some fruit will drop but others may remain and gradually turn mummified.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
Fruit rot is often caused by fungal infection. These fungi overwinter on fallen fruit, and then the spores are spread by the wind the following spring. Birds and sap-sucking insects can also act as vectors. Entry to new fruit is made considerably easier if there are wounds of any kind through which the spores can penetrate the skin. The healthier the tree or plant, the better able it is to defend itself from infection.
Solutions
Solutions
  1. Prune out and destroy infected spurs and branches.
  2. Correct spacing between plants to reduce wind-born infection.
  3. Chemical fungicides may become necessary.
  4. Bird deterrents and biological or chemical treatments for insects will reduce fruit damage, making it harder for fungal infections to take hold.
Prevention
Prevention
To prevent pests and disease infection:
  1. Pick fruits on time. Remove fruit once ripe to prevent opportunities for pests and fungal infections to take hold.
  2. Rake and clean debris. Remove and bury surrounding plant material that may host diseases.
  3. Prune branches and thin fruit. Remove ripening fruits so they do not touch one another and prune branches to improve air circulation (reducing the wet conditions in which fungi thrive).
  4. Consider preventative use of fungicide prior to fruit forming.
To prevent nutrient deficiency that weakens the plant:
  1. Add mulch. Adding a layer of mulch on top of the soil early in the season will keep moisture even.
  2. Use organic fertilizer. Plants given ammonia-based fertilizer cannot uptake calcium efficiently. Use compost, fish emulsion, liquid kelp or other organic fertilizer.
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Flowers may dry out due to a sudden change in environment or because the plant has completed its normal flowering period.
Overview
Overview
Flower withering occurs when flowers become weak, droopy, wilted, or faded until they can’t be revived. During withering, they begin to wrinkle and shrink until the flower becomes completely dry or dead.
Any flowers, regardless of the plant type or the climate they are grown in, are susceptible to withering. It is a worldwide problem across houseplants, herbs, flowering ornamentals, trees, shrubs, garden vegetables, and food crops.
Unlike wilting—which withering is often confused with—withering can be caused by different things and is often due to more than a lack of water. Withering can be fatal in severe cases.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Flower withering progresses from very mild cases to severe occurrences that kill the flower. The severity of the symptoms is related to the cause and how long the condition is allowed to progress before action is taken.
  • Wilted, droopy flowers
  • Petals and leaves begin to wrinkle
  • Brown papery streaks or spots appear on the petals and leaf tips
  • Flowerhead shrink in size
  • Petal color fades
  • Yellowing leaves
  • Complete death of the flower
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
The main causes of flower withering include natural age progress, lack of water, nutritional deficiencies, and bacterial or fungal diseases. It’s critical to determine the underlying cause when flower withering is noticed. This will guide the best course of action, if treatment is possible.
Check the soil for moisture and then closely examine the entire plant for signs of nutrient deficiencies. If neither of those appears to be the cause then cut open the stem below a flower. If a cross-section reveals brown or rust-colored stains it is safe to assume that this is a bacterial or fungal infection.
If the flower is nearing the end of its normal lifespan, genetic coding within the plant increases the production of ethylene, a phytohormone that controls senescence, or cell aging and death. Cell division stops and the plant begins breaking down resources within the flower to use in other parts of the plant.
In all other cases, flower withering happens when the plant seals off the stem as a defense mechanism, stopping transport within the vascular system. This prevents further water loss through the flowers but also stops bacteria and fungi from moving to healthy parts of the plant. Once water and nutrient transport stops, the flower begins to wither and ultimately die.
Solutions
Solutions
If flower withering is a natural progression due to age, there is nothing that can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible.
For lack of water, immediately water the plant using room temperature rainwater, bottled spring water, or filtered tap water. Water container plants until excess water drains out the bottom; water in-ground plants until the soil is soaked but there isn’t standing water on the surface.
In the event of nutritional deficiencies, the best solution is to use a granular or water-soluble liquid fertilizer, and apply it to the soil at about half the recommended dosage. Keep it off the leaves and make sure granular products are watered into the soil well.
If the plant is infected with a bacterial or fungal pathogen, there is no course of treatment that cures the diseased plants. The best solution is to remove the infected plants and dispose of the plant material off-site. Do not put in a compost pile.
Prevention
Prevention
This is definitely one of those instances where prevention is more effective than cure. Here are some preventative measures for avoiding premature flower withering.
  • Water plants according to their needs -- either keep the soil slightly moist or allow the top inch or two to dry out before watering again.
  • Fertilize lightly on a consistent basis, depending upon the plant’s growth. Quick-growing plants and those that flower or develop fruit will need more frequent fertilizing than slow-growing plants.
  • Purchase plants that are certified disease- or pathogen-free.
  • Look for disease-resistant cultivars.
  • Isolate plants showing disease symptoms to prevent the spread to neighboring plants.
  • Practice good plant hygiene by removing any fallen plant material as soon as possible.
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Habitat of Oriental arborvitae

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Oriental arborvitae is native to eastern Russia, China, and Korea, where it is listed as Near Threatened. Its native habitat is open woodlands, slopes, and degraded forests. It has been introduced in the Mediterranean, India, and the southeastern US and is often cultivated for use in parks, gardens, and hedges.
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Oriental Arborvitae Watering Instructions
Oriental arborvitae hails from regions in East Asia, including China, Korea, and Japan. It typically thrives in well-drained soil and can tolerate a range of soil pH levels. In its native environment, oriental arborvitae is accustomed to receiving moderate to high levels of rainfall and prefers humid conditions. As a result, oriental arborvitae has a high watering requirement and needs regular watering to mimic its natural habitat. It is important to ensure that the soil remains consistently moist, but not waterlogged, to meet its watering needs.
When Should I Water My Oriental Arborvitae?
Introduction
Timely watering plays a crucial part in the overall well-being of oriental arborvitae. The lack of adequate water can inhibit growth, lead to discolored foliage, and may even result in plant death. Conversely, overwatering can result to root rot and other diseases. Being attuned to specific indicators can help ensure that oriental arborvitae receives water at the optimal times.
Leaf Color
Oriental arborvitae leaves should ordinarily be a lustrous dark green. If the leaves begin to turn a pale green or yellow, it's a sign that the plant is under-watered. Conversely, if the leaves turn brown or appear scorched, it may indicate that the plant is overwatered or has been exposed to too much sunlight. Observing leaf color can help gauge watering needs.
Soil Moisture
The soil condition acts as a strong indicator for when oriental arborvitae requires watering. The soil should be moist, but not saturated. If it's dry to touch at a depth of 2 inches or the top layer has dried and cracked, then that's a sign the plant needs watering. However, if the soil is wet and water is pooling on the surface, it may indicate overwatering.
Leaf Turgor
The rigidity or crispness of oriental arborvitae foliage is a good indicator of its water requirement. If leaves are turgid and firm to touch, this implies they're well-hydrated. However, if they're drooping or appear shriveled, it's a clear signal that oriental arborvitae needs watering.
Root Health
While more difficult to observe, oriental arborvitae's root health can signal watering needs. Roots that are brown, slimy, or have a foul smell may indicate overwatering. In contrast, roots that are dry and brittle signal that oriental arborvitae might need more water.
Risks and Consequences of Incorrect Watering
Ignoring these signs can have detrimental consequences. Too much water can cause root rot and disease, and may eventually kill oriental arborvitae. Too little water can cause leaf and root damage, slow growth, and if prolonged, can also lead to plant death.
How Should I Water My Oriental Arborvitae?
Unique Watering Requirements
Oriental arborvitae is a drought-tolerant plant that prefers well-drained soil. Over-watering is more harmful than under-watering, which could lead to root rot, a serious issue that can threaten the plant's health. Gauging the moisture of soil before watering is crucial for the health of this plant.
Suitable Watering Technique
Oriental arborvitae is best watered using a good soak-and-dry method, which means watering heavily but infrequently. This method helps the water to reach deeper into the soil, promoting healthier and stronger root growth. A soaker hose would be the ideal tool to get the job done perfectly, as it delivers water directly to the base of the plant, thus minimizing evaporation.
Beneficial Equipment
A moisture meter is an essential tool for watering oriental arborvitae efficiently. It helps ensure the soil is appropriately dry before watering, reducing water wastage and the risk of waterlogging. A good quality soaker hose would also be a good investment for watering these plants.
Focus Areas during Watering
When watering oriental arborvitae, focus on the soil around the base of the plant. Avoid over-watering or stirring up the surrounding soil too much as this could lead to waterlogging and potentially root rot. Be sure to prevent water from lingering on the foliage, as prolonged moisture can make the plant susceptible to fungal diseases.
Specific Techniques for Optimal Hydration
If you're using a watering can instead of a soaker hose, make sure its spout is narrow and directed towards the base of the oriental arborvitae. Pour the water slowly, allowing time for it to absorb into the soil and reach the plant's root zone. It's also beneficial to water early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize water evaporation.
How Much Water Does Oriental Arborvitae Really Need?
Introduction
Oriental arborvitae is a species of plant native to various regions of Asia, including China and Japan. It is commonly known as Oriental arborvitae and belongs to the family Cupressaceae. In its natural habitat, Oriental arborvitae typically grows in moist and well-drained soil, often found in mountainous areas.
Optimal Watering Quantity
Oriental arborvitae prefers a moderately moist soil, so it is important to provide it with regular but not excessive watering. Factors such as pot size, root depth, and plant size should be considered when determining the optimal water quantity. As Oriental arborvitae has a relatively shallow root system, it is important not to overwater it, as this can lead to root rot. On the other hand, underwatering should also be avoided to prevent the plant from becoming dry and stressed. As a general guideline, the average watering volume for a mature Oriental arborvitae plant in a medium-sized pot would be around 1 to 2 liters per watering session, ensuring that the water reaches the root zone.
Signs of Proper Hydration
Properly hydrated Oriental arborvitae will have healthy and vibrant foliage. Its leaves will appear green and lush, while the stems will be firm and upright. If the plant is receiving the right amount of water, it will exhibit steady growth and may even produce small cones. On the other hand, signs of overwatering include yellowing or browning leaves, especially near the base of the plant, and a soggy or waterlogged soil. Underwatering may cause the foliage to turn pale or brown, with leaves becoming dry and brittle.
Risks of Improper Watering
Overwatering Oriental arborvitae can lead to root rot and other fungal diseases. It can also weaken the plant and make it more susceptible to pests. Underwatering, on the other hand, can result in stunted growth, wilted foliage, and a weakened overall condition. It is important to strike the right balance and provide adequate moisture to promote the plant's health and vitality.
Additional Advice
It is beneficial to use well-draining soil for Oriental arborvitae to prevent waterlogging and encourage proper root development. Applying a layer of organic mulch around the plant can help conserve moisture and regulate soil temperature. Regularly monitoring the moisture levels of the soil and adjusting watering accordingly is recommended, especially during dry periods or hot summer months. It is best to water the plant deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between watering sessions.
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What Kind of Water is Best for Oriental Arborvitae?
Ideal Water Type
Oriental arborvitae prefers rainwater or distilled water. However, it can tolerate tap water as long as it isn't heavily chlorinated or fluoridized. Tap water that has been left to stand for 24 hours to dissipate chlorine is a suitable alternative.
Filtering or Treatment Preferances
Oriental arborvitae benefits greatly from water treatments that eliminate harsh chemicals. If using tap water, allowing it to sit out for a day can permit elements like chlorine to evaporate. This helps to replicate the softer characteristics of rainwater.
Chlorine Sensitivity
Oriental arborvitae demonstrates moderate sensitivity to chlorine. While it can handle minor chlorine exposure, excessive levels can cause leaf discoloration and decreased growth. Therefore, if tap water is used, it should be left to dechlorinate for at least 24 hours.
Fluoride Sensitivity
Oriental arborvitae has a moderate sensitivity to fluoride, which can lead to tip burn or browning. It is best to avoid using fluoridated tap water directly on the plant.
Mineral Sensitivity
Oriental arborvitae is somewhat tolerant of various minerals. However, if using hard water with high mineral content, ensure to regularly flush the soil to prevent buildup, which could ultimately impact plant health.
Water Temperature Preferances
Oriental arborvitae tolerates a wide range of water temperatures but prefers lukewarm to slightly cool water. Extremely cold or hot water may shock the plant and harm it, especially during the winter or extreme summer heat.
Overall Watering Conditions
Oriental arborvitae prefers consistently moist but well-drained soil. The top inch of the soil should be allowed to dry out between watering to prevent waterlogging and subsequent root rot.
How Do Oriental Arborvitae's Watering Needs Change with the Seasons?
How to Water oriental arborvitae in Spring?
During spring, oriental arborvitae experiences its active growth phase. It is essential to maintain consistent soil moisture to support healthy growth. Water regularly, keeping the soil evenly moist.
How to Water oriental arborvitae in Summer?
In summer, oriental arborvitae may experience increased heat and sun exposure, which can lead to higher evaporation rates and soil dryness. Ensure the soil remains consistently moist by watering deeply and more frequently. Consider using mulch to help retain soil moisture.
How to Water oriental arborvitae in Autumn?
During autumn, oriental arborvitae prepares for winter dormancy. Gradually decrease the frequency of watering as the plant enters its dormant phase. Ensure the soil remains lightly moist but avoid overwatering, as excessive moisture can lead to root rot during the dormant period.
How to Water oriental arborvitae in Winter?
In winter, oriental arborvitae experiences its dormant period. Water sparingly as the plant requires minimal moisture during this time. Allow the topsoil to dry out between waterings to avoid waterlogging, which can be detrimental to oriental arborvitae's roots.
What Expert Tips Can Enhance Oriental Arborvitae Watering Routine?
Watering Tool:
Using a watering wand or hose nozzle with a shower setting can help simulate natural rain and provide a gentle, even distribution of water to the plant's foliage and root zone.
Early Morning Watering:
Water oriental arborvitae early in the morning to give the plant ample time to absorb the moisture before the heat of the day sets in. This also reduces the risk of fungal diseases.
Mulching:
Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of oriental arborvitae to help retain moisture in the soil and regulate soil temperature. This can reduce the frequency of watering needed.
Deep Watering:
Instead of surface watering, deeply saturate the soil around oriental arborvitae's root zone. This encourages the plant's roots to grow deeper and helps the plant better withstand drought conditions.
Assessing Soil Moisture:
Use a moisture meter to assess oriental arborvitae's deeper soil moisture needs. This can prevent over or under-watering by ensuring the soil moisture is appropriate for the plant's requirements.
Avoid Over-watering:
Over-watering can lead to root rot and other fungal diseases. Allow the top few inches of soil to dry out before watering again. Oriental arborvitae prefers slightly drier soil.
Signs of Thirst:
Watch out for signs of thirst in oriental arborvitae, such as droopy or wilted leaves. This indicates the need for water. However, avoid waiting until the plant reaches this point to water.
Signs of Over-watering:
Yellowing leaves, root rot, or a stagnant smell in the soil are signs of over-watering. Adjust watering frequency and allow the soil to dry out more between watering sessions.
Watering During Heatwaves:
During a heatwave, increase the frequency of watering oriental arborvitae to compensate for the higher evaporation rates. Ensure the soil remains consistently moist, but not waterlogged.
Watering During Extended Rain:
During periods of extended rain, adjust the watering schedule to account for the additional moisture received by oriental arborvitae. Reduce the frequency of watering to avoid waterlogged conditions.
Watering for Stressed Plants:
If oriental arborvitae is showing signs of stress, such as browning or dropping leaves, it may require additional watering. Monitor the soil moisture levels closely and provide water as needed.
Avoid Watering Overhead:
Avoid watering oriental arborvitae from above, as it can lead to the foliage getting wet and increasing the risk of fungal diseases. Direct the water towards the base of the plant instead.
Considering Hydroponics? How to Manage a Water-Grown Oriental Arborvitae?
Overview of Hydroponics
Oriental arborvitae is a plant that can be grown successfully using hydroponics, which is a method of cultivating plants without soil. Hydroponics involves growing plants in a water-based solution that is enriched with nutrients. This method allows for precise control over nutrient levels and water availability, resulting in faster growth and higher yields.
Recommended Hydroponic System
A deep water culture (DWC) system is best suited for oriental arborvitae due to its water and oxygen requirements.
Nutrient Solution Requirements
Oriental arborvitae requires a nutrient solution with a pH range of 5.5-6.5 for optimal growth. Ensure the solution is properly balanced, providing essential macronutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, as well as micronutrients like iron, magnesium, and calcium. Maintain nutrient concentrations within recommended ranges and adjust as needed to avoid deficiencies or toxicities.
Challenges and Common Issues
Oriental arborvitae may face challenges such as root rot, nutrient imbalances, and light requirements when grown hydroponically.
Monitoring Plant Health
Regularly monitor oriental arborvitae for signs of stress or symptoms that differ from traditional soil-grown plants.
Adjusting Hydroponic Environment
Adjust the hydroponic environment based on oriental arborvitae's growth stages and specific needs.
Nutrient Solution
Oriental arborvitae prefers a balanced nutrient solution with a pH of 5.8-6.2 for optimal growth.
Important Symptoms
Overwatering
Oriental arborvitae is more susceptible to developing disease symptoms when overwatered because it prefers a soil environment with moderate humidity. Symptoms of overwatering include yellowing leaves, root rot, leaf drop...
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Root rot
Excess water in the soil can lead to the growth of harmful fungi and bacteria, causing the roots to rot and eventually kill the plant.
Leaf drop
When plants are overwatered, they may shed their leaves as a response to stress, even if the leaves appear green and healthy.
Increased susceptibility diseases
Overwatering plants may become more susceptible and diseases as their overall health declines, weakening their natural defenses.
Solutions
1. Adjust watering frequency based on seasons and soil dryness. Wait for soil to dry before watering.2. Increase soil aeration by loosening surface and gently stirring with a wooden stick or chopstick.3. Optimize environment with good ventilation and warmth to enhance water evaporation and prevent overwatering.
Underwatering
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Yellowing leaves
The leaves may begin to yellow or develop dry tips as a result of water stress and reduced nutrient uptake.
Root damage
Prolonged underwatering can cause root damage, making it difficult for the plant to absorb water even when it is available.
Dry stems
Due to insufficient water, plant stems may become dry or brittle, making the branches easy to break.
Dying plant
If underwatering continues for an extended period, the plant may ultimately die as a result of severe water stress and an inability to carry out essential functions.
Solutions
1. Thoroughly saturate soil with slow ring watering to ensure uniform and sufficient moisture for plants. 2. Increase air humidity with water trays or misting to slow leaf water evaporation. 3. Watering according to the recommended frequency.Adjust watering frequency based on seasons and soil dryness.
Watering Troubleshooting for Oriental Arborvitae
Why is my oriental arborvitae showing signs of browning or yellowing foliage?
This could be a result of overwatering. Oriental arborvitae does not do well with soggy or waterlogged soil, which can lead to root rot. The solution is to water it less frequently or improve the drainage in the soil. If using a pot, ensure there are sufficient drainage holes at the bottom.
Why is my oriental arborvitae appearing wilted and dry despite regular watering?
This could be an issue of underwatering. Oriental arborvitae prefers evenly moist soil, but you could be allowing the soil to become too dry between waterings. The solution is to water your oriental arborvitae more regularly. However, avoid waterlogging the soil which can cause other health issues for the plant.
Should I water my oriental arborvitae differently in diverse seasons?
Yes, during the growing season (spring and summer), oriental arborvitae needs more frequent watering, while in fall and winter, the plant enters a period of dormancy and needs less water. Adjust the watering schedule according to the season and the climate of your region.
My oriental arborvitae is showing signs of root rot. Does this have to do with the watering?
Yes, root rot can be a direct result of overwatering. The solution is to ensure that your oriental arborvitae is planted in well-draining soil and to not water it too frequently. If the problem persists, you may need to transplant your oriental arborvitae into fresh soil that is free from disease.
Why are the leaf tips of my oriental arborvitae drying and turning brown?
This could be due to either over or underwatering. Oriental arborvitae requires a consistent watering schedule that keeps the soil evenly moist. The best solution is to adjust your watering schedule based on the specific symptoms you're seeing; if the soil is soggy, reduce watering, or if the soil is consistently dry despite regular watering, then increase watering.
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Oriental arborvitae craves abundant exposure to sun, thriving best in environments where sunlight is plentiful. It can withstand areas where sun rays filter through intermittently. Sun exposure is vital for its growth, promoting its health and enhancing its vigor. However, too much or too little light can potentially harm it, causing damage or impeding growth.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
1. Choose the right type of artificial light: LED lights are a popular choice for indoor plant lighting because they can be customized to provide the specific wavelengths of light that your plants need.
Full sun plants need 30-50W/sq ft of artificial light, partial sun plants need 20-30W/sq ft, and full shade plants need 10-20W/sq ft.
2. Determine the appropriate distance: Place the light source 12-36 inches above the plant to mimic natural sunlight.
3. Determine the duration: Mimic the length of natural daylight hours for your plant species. most plants need 8-12 hours of light per day.
Important Symptoms
Insufficient light
Oriental arborvitae thrives in full sunlight but is sensitive to heat. As a plant commonly grown outdoors with abundant sunlight, it may exhibit subtle symptoms of light deficiency when placed in rooms with suboptimal lighting.
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Small leaves
New leaves may grow smaller in size compared to the previous ones once they have matured.
Leggy or sparse growth
The spaces between leaves or stems of your oriental arborvitae may become longer, resulting in a thin and stretched-out appearance. This can make the plant look sparse and weak, and it may easily break or lean due to its own weight.
Faster leaf drop
When plants are exposed to low light conditions, they tend to shed older leaves early to conserve resources. Within a limited time, these resources can be utilized to grow new leaves until the plant's energy reserves are depleted.
Slower or no new growth
Oriental arborvitae enters a survival mode when light conditions are poor, which leads to a halt in leaf production. As a result, the plant's growth becomes delayed or stops altogether.
Lighter-colored new leaves
Insufficient sunlight can cause leaves to develop irregular color patterns or appear pale. This indicates a lack of chlorophyll and essential nutrients.
Solutions
1. To ensure optimal growth, gradually move plants to a sunnier location each week, until they receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. Use a south-facing window and keep curtains open during the day for maximum sunlight exposure and nutrient accumulation.2. To provide additional light for your plant, consider using artificial light if it's large or not easily movable. Keep a desk or ceiling lamp on for at least 8 hours daily, or invest in professional plant grow lights for ample light.
Excessive light
Oriental arborvitae thrives in full sun exposure but is sensitive to heat. Although sunburn symptoms occasionally occur, they are unable to withstand intense sunlight in high-temperature environments.
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Chlorosis
Chlorosis is a condition where the plant's leaves lose their green color and turn yellow. This is due to the breakdown of chlorophyll from excessive sunlight, which negatively affects the plant's ability to photosynthesize.
Sunscald
Sunscald occurs when the plant's leaves or stems are damaged by intense sunlight exposure. It appears as pale, bleached, or necrotic areas on the plant tissue and can reduce the plant's overall health.
Leaf Curling
Leaf curling is a symptom where leaves curl or twist under extreme sunlight conditions. This is a defense mechanism used by the plant to reduce its surface area exposed to sunlight, minimizing water loss and damage.
Wilting
Wilting occurs when a plant loses turgor pressure and its leaves and stems begin to droop. Overexposure to sunlight can cause wilting by increasing the plant's water loss through transpiration, making it difficult for the plant to maintain adequate hydration.
Leaf Scorching
Leaf scorching is a symptom characterized by the appearance of brown, dry, and crispy edges or patches on leaves due to excessive sunlight. This can lead to a reduction in photosynthetic capacity and overall plant health.
Solutions
1. Move your plant to the optimal position where it can receive abundant sunlight but also have some shade. An east-facing window is an ideal choice as the morning sunlight is gentler. This way, your plant can enjoy ample sunlight while reducing the risk of sunburn.2. It is recommended to trim off any completely dehydrated or withered parts of the plant.
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The Oriental arborvitae oriental arborvitae's native growth environment thrives in a temperature range of 23 to 77 ℉ (-5 to 25 ℃). It can tolerate colder temperatures down to 5 ℉ (-15 ℃), but prefers a comfortable range of 41 to 95 ℉ (5 to 35 ℃). In winters, it's advisable to avoid high humidity and extreme cold temperatures. In summers, it's best to provide some shade to protect against the hot sun.
Regional wintering strategies
Oriental arborvitae has strong cold resistance, so special frost protection measures are usually not necessary during winter. However, if the winter temperatures are expected to drop below {Limit_growth_temperature}, it is still important to provide cold protection. This can be achieved by wrapping the trunk and branches with materials such as non-woven fabric or cloth. Before the first freeze in autumn, it is recommended to water the plant abundantly, ensuring the soil remains moist and enters a frozen state. This helps prevent drought and water scarcity for the plant during winter and early spring.
Important Symptoms
Low Temperature
Oriental arborvitae is cold-tolerant and thrives best when the temperature is above {Suitable_growth_temperature_min}. During winter, it should be kept above {Tolerable_growing_temperature_min}. When the temperature falls below {Limit_growth_temperature}, although there may not be any noticeable changes during winter, the branches may become brittle and dry during springtime, and no new shoots will emerge.
Solutions
In spring, prune away any dead branches that have failed to produce new leaves.
High Temperature
During summer, Oriental arborvitae should be kept below {Suitable_growth_temperature_max}. When the temperature exceeds {Tolerable_growing_temperature_max}, the leaves of the plant may become lighter in color, the tips may become dry and withered, and the plant becomes more susceptible to sunburn.
Solutions
Trim away the sunburned and dried-up parts. Move the plant to a location that provides shade from the midday and afternoon sun, or use a shade cloth to create shade. Water the plant in the morning and evening to keep the soil moist.
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How to Successfully Transplant Oriental Arborvitae?
For successful oriental arborvitae transplanting, choose the warm embrace of late spring to early summer. It's essential to find a sunny or partially shaded location with well-draining soil for oriental arborvitae. Remember to keep the roots moist during the process to ensure their well-being.
What Preparations are Needed Before Transplanting Oriental Arborvitae?
What is the Ideal Time for Transplanting Oriental Arborvitae?
The prime period for moving oriental arborvitae is the latter part of spring through to the onset of summer. This season, favoring milder weather conditions, allows oriental arborvitae to comfortably establish roots before the frost arrives. Transplanting oriental arborvitae then promises a healthier, more robust plant with time. Keep preparing the soil in mind for a successful transplant. Take note, accuracy in imparting information and appropriate timing is key.
How Much Space Should You Leave Between Oriental Arborvitae Plants?
When transplanting oriental arborvitae, ensure you space each plant about 10-15 feet (3-4.5 meters) apart. This will give them plenty of room to grow and thrive without competing for resources.
What is the Best Soil Mix for Oriental Arborvitae Transplanting?
For oriental arborvitae, prepare a well-draining soil mix with a slightly acidic to neutral pH. Incorporate organic matter like compost and add a balanced slow-release fertilizer to provide necessary nutrients.
Where Should You Relocate Your Oriental Arborvitae?
Choose a location with full sun or partial shade as oriental arborvitae is adaptable to various light conditions. Ensure the spot allows for at least 6 hours of sunlight daily for optimum growth.
What Equipments Should You Prepare Before Transplantation Oriental Arborvitae?
Gardening Gloves
To protect your hands while working with the soil and oriental arborvitae.
Shovel or Spade
Will be used to dig up oriental arborvitae from its current location and create a new hole at the transplant site.
Pruning Shears
To trim any necessary parts of oriental arborvitae before and after transplanting.
Wheelbarrow or Gardening Trolley
For transporting oriental arborvitae from original location to the new planting site.
Watering Can or Hose
To water oriental arborvitae before, during, and after transplanting.
Mulch
To cover around the base of oriental arborvitae following transplantation, helping to retain moisture and reduce weed competition.
How Do You Remove Oriental Arborvitae from the Soil?
From Ground: First, make sure to water the oriental arborvitae plant thoroughly a day before transplanting to make removing it easier and less stressful for the plant. Then, dig a wide trench around the plant using a spade, ensuring that the plant's root ball remains intact. Loosen the soil gently, working the spade under the root ball to lift oriental arborvitae from its original location.
From Pot: Water the potted oriental arborvitae thoroughly a few hours before transplanting. Tip the pot sideways and gently squeeze or tap on it to make the plant and its root ball slide out. Be careful not to pull the plant out by its stem to avoid damaging it.
From Seedling Tray: Dampen the tray first and then gently push the seedling out from bottom. Try not to tuck or pull oriental arborvitae by its stem; instead, lift it gently by the leaves.
Step-by-Step Guide for Transplanting Oriental Arborvitae
Step1 Preparation
Prepare the planting hole before removing oriental arborvitae from its original location. The hole should be twice as wide and the same depth as the root ball of the plant.
Step2 Positioning
Insert oriental arborvitae into the new hole, ensuring it is no deeper than the soil surface it was growing in at its original location. Align oriental arborvitae so that it sits straight.
Step3 Backfilling
Fill around the root ball with garden soil, firm it down gently to eliminate air pockets.
Step4 Watering
Water the oriental arborvitae thoroughly, until the soil is completely moist.
Step5 Mulching
Add a layer of mulch around the base of the oriental arborvitae, but keep it away from the stem to discourage rodent or insect damage.
How Do You Care For Oriental Arborvitae After Transplanting?
Watering
During the first weeks after the transplant, keep the soil around the oriental arborvitae consistently moist, but not soggy, helping the plant recover from the stress of transplanting and establish strong roots.
Pruning
Minimal pruning may benefit your oriental arborvitae post-transplant, remove only dead, damaged or diseased branches.
Monitoring
Keep an eye on oriental arborvitae, if it shows signs of struggle like wilting, yellowing or dropping leaves, it might need more attention like extra watering or pest control.
Fertilizing
Wait at least a month to add any fertilizer, this will give your oriental arborvitae time to recover and prevent any chemical burn to the roots.
Troubleshooting Common Issues with Oriental Arborvitae Transplantation.
What's the best time to transplant oriental arborvitae?
The ideal period for transplanting oriental arborvitae is from late spring until the early weeks of summer.
How much space should I leave between each oriental arborvitae plant during transplantation?
When transplanting, provide a spacing of about 10-15 feet (3-4.5 meters) between each oriental arborvitae. This ensures healthy growth.
How deep should the hole be for transplanting oriental arborvitae?
The hole for oriental arborvitae should be 2 times wider and the same depth as the root ball. This gives the roots room to spread.
How to prepare oriental arborvitae for transplanting?
Before transplanting, water the oriental arborvitae well to moisten its root system. Afterwards, carefully remove it from its current location.
What soil type is best for transplanting oriental arborvitae?
Oriental arborvitae prefers a well-drained soil. You can improve poor soil by adding organic matter such as compost.
Why do the leaves of oriental arborvitae turn yellow after transplanting?
Yellow leaves often indicate too much water. Make sure the oriental arborvitae is well-drained and not watered too often.
What can I do if the transplanted oriental arborvitae isn't growing?
Ensure your oriental arborvitae is getting enough sunlight and its soil is well-drained. If it still doesn't grow, try a mild fertilizer.
How to care for oriental arborvitae after transplanting?
Water the oriental arborvitae thoroughly after transplanting. Continue to water it regularly but don't over-water. Mulch can help maintaining moisture.
Should I prune oriental arborvitae after transplanting?
Pruning isn't required immediately after transplanting. In fact, it's recommended to wait a year after transplanting before starting pruning routines.
Is it necessary to stake the oriental arborvitae after transplanting?
Staking is not usually necessary unless oriental arborvitae has a large canopy or is in a particularly windy location. Less interference is generally better.
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