How to Plant Thuja


Thujas are the perfect tree for home landscaping. These hardy evergreens are drought, frost, disease and pest resistant. Even absentee gardeners can cultivate them. Once their seedlings are established, they are virtually impossible to kill even if almost completely neglected. Left to their own devices, they will grow 3 to 5 feet per year and take on a natural conical shape which makes them a perfect choice for natural wind or privacy screens.

Step 1

Prepare the soil. Dig a hole that is three times the circumference and twice as deep as the container your thuja tree is currently in. Mix half of the excavated soil with compost.

Step 2

Carefully remove your thuja tree from its container. Lightly sprinkle the roots with water, but don't soak them.

Step 3

Loosen the root ball by gently pulling the roots outward with your hand.

Step 4

Place the thuja sapling into the hole so that it is an inch or two above the surrounding soil. You will have to fill in some of the excavated soil to accomplish this.

Step 5

Fill the hole with the excavated dirt and tamp the soil with your feet to remove any air pockets.

Step 6

Water the soil well enough to moisten and settle the soil. Keep the soil moist until the thuja sapling establishes itself and produces new growth. Then water it as needed.

Step 7

Spread a 2-inch thick, 8-foot diameter circle of organic mulch around the sapling (but keep it at least 3 inches away from the trunk). Work the mulch 3 inches deep into the soil with a hoe.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not plant thuja during a drought.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Shovel
  • Hoe
  • Organic mulch


  • Thuja
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