How to Plant a Blue Atlas Dwarf Cedar


Blue atlas dwarf cedar is a lovely, small ornamental cedar with beautiful silvery-blue needles. And when planted in growing zones 6 to 9, this evergreen beauty is exceedingly easy to grow. It is drought tolerant, cold hardy and will grow well in soil of any type and virtually any pH. In fact, one of the only difficulties that you'll encounter when planting blue atlas dwarf cedar is finding it. You will most likely have to ask your nursery to order a sapling for you.

Step 1

Dig a hole that is twice the diameter and twice the depth of the container that your blue atlas dwarf cedar sapling comes in.

Step 2

Mix one-half of the excavated soil with an equal amount of aged compost.

Step 3

Remove the cedar sapling carefully from its container. Check the roots. If you see any damaged roots, prune them with a pair of disinfected pruning shears. Then, loosen the roots by carefully pulling them away from the root ball with your hands.

Step 4

Plant the tree in the hole so that its root crown is roughly 1 inch above the surrounding soil. You will have to fill in some of your soil mixture into the hole to accomplish this.

Step 5

Fill the hole with the remainder of your soil mixture. Tamp the soil down with your hands to remove any air pockets in the soil.

Step 6

Water the soil so that it is moist below the root ball of the sapling. The best way to do this is to turn the hose on to a slow trickle and then place it at the foot of the tree. Continue to keep the soil moist at this depth with frequent watering until the sapling establishes itself and produces new growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Aged compost
  • Shovel
  • Pruning shears


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