How often to water thuja in summer
Thuja is one of the most popular evergreen perennials, originally native to East Asia and the United States of America. At home, a bush can grow into a tree up to twenty meters high, but in other territories and in other regions, the bushes can be much lower in height, everything is determined by climatic conditions and how favorable the surrounding conditions are for the growth of thujas. In our country, thuja spread well around the end of the 19th century, but their maximum height is only eleven meters. This, of course, is also a high indicator in every sense of the word. But still it cannot be compared with the ancestors of thujas in their comfortable and native territory. To date, breeders have bred several dozen completely new varieties and varieties of thujas, which differ from each other in the shape and color of the crown, size, and purpose. Thuja grows both in the form of a tree and in the form of a shrub. The size of the bush can be dwarf, or it can be medium in height and in diameter, everything again depends solely on the variety of thuja. In this article, we will give a brief description of the thuja, and also dwell in more detail on how watering the thuja in the summer is carried out.
As you know, thuja are very supportive of moisture, while an excess of moisture can provoke the development of fungal and other diseases that negatively affect the decorative qualities of the thuja, and in general, its growth and development, both with a single planting and in planting within the framework any flower beds.
Watering thuja in summer: plant description
Tui are very beautiful plants that today have become almost indispensable if we are talking directly about design solutions for landscapes. Thuja can look great both in single plantings and in group plantings with other perennial and annual plants.
She absolutely does not let the noise and wind through, if a hedge is made from thuja. But at the same time, she herself sometimes needs protection from strong drafts and from shading, which strongly affect the decorative qualities of thuja. Bushes can be formed by pruning, which they tolerate quite easily.
In this case, a bush in a single planting can be formed in absolutely any way. He will not lose his vitality at all, he will delight the gardener with his appearance.
In addition to the fact that thujas are incredibly decorative, they are also completely not capricious and unpretentious to care conditions and weather conditions. They can grow in almost any soil composition, which is also their great advantage.
But nevertheless, if you show more attention to the thuja, take care of it, water it in a timely manner, feed it and carry out pruning, then it will thank you with even more beauty of its bush, from which it will simply be impossible to take your eyes off.
In addition, thuja is characterized by the release of special substances that can perfectly purify the air. Therefore, it can perfectly take root even in the most polluted or environmentally unfavorable conditions, without losing its external properties and improving the air around it.
When a gardener plants a thuja on a plot, he can get a really huge benefit from the plant. It is beautiful and, most importantly, it purifies the air. Therefore, after a gardener or any other person sits in the fresh air, he can get an unforgettable boost of energy. And this is truly incredibly priceless.
Features of growing thuja in Russia
In Russian climatic conditions, the western subspecies of thujs, which at the same time have a wide variety of colors, take root best of all:
- light green bright thuja
- dark green thuja, which are distinguished by the juiciness of the crown
- blue thuja and thuja, which have a crown of an aquamarine shade, which is really an incredible rarity
- yellow (golden) shades of thuja crowns
Best of all, thuja take root in well-lit warm areas, at the same time, light partial shade does not interfere with their development at all. Therefore, thuja do not lose their decorative external features and characteristics.
If direct sunlight falls on the thuja for a long time, then it can be burned, or it can get sick because of this. If the gardener places the thuja in a permanent shade, then it loses its decorative properties. The already slow growth slows down so much that it can literally stop.
When planting, it should be borne in mind that thuja is a bush that grows not only straight up, but can also grow in width. Therefore, if the gardener chose a thuja in order to create a hedge, then he must take into account that the distance between the planted bushes should be at least one meter.
If individuals are distinguished by high active growth, then it is better to place them at a distance of 4.5-5 meters from each other. To prevent the plants from casting a colossal shadow over each other. Otherwise, it can negatively affect their growth and development.
How to water thuja in summer
Tui are bushes that have a very wide and lush crown. Accordingly, such crowns can evaporate a large amount of moisture. Therefore, the gardener should carefully monitor the moistening of the thuja. And also do not allow the trunk circle to dry out too much.
Due to the fact that the plant will lack moisture, the thuja may begin to turn yellow. It takes on an unattractive appearance and stops growing. At the same time, it does not matter at all what time of the year this may happen. It is important to create the most comfortable conditions for the plant. And ensure proper watering of the thuja in the summer. In particular, adjust the irrigation schedule to climatic and temperature conditions.
After a small seedling has been planted on the site, it must be well watered. Then loosen the soil and mulch it. Further watering should be done about once a week. At the same time, the gardener is guided by climatic conditions, air temperature.
After watering is carried out, each time it is necessary to loosen the soil well. So moisture will not stagnate in its upper layers and the root system will be saturated with the oxygen it needs, which is also very important.
Watering thuja in summer: mulching
If mulching has been done, the moisture will evaporate much more slowly. That will also have a positive effect on the plant, on its general condition and development. Peat and sawdust, straw, wood chips, compost or shredded tree bark can be used as mulch. It all depends solely on what the gardener has.
Also, due to the fact that the grower mulches the soil around the trunk, the plant will be protected from excessive overheating or drying out, especially in severely dry periods. Mulch is laid out abundantly - in a layer of 10 centimeters. With the onset of frost, it is laid out in a layer of 15-20 centimeters.
How often to water thuja in summer
Of course, watering cannot be applied spontaneously or only in accordance with the schedule that the gardener has set for himself. It is necessary to be able to determine when the plant really needs watering, especially in the summer and if the plant grows in not the most stable conditions.
In order to determine that the plant needs watering, it is necessary to take a handful of earth, which is located at a depth of twenty centimeters, and squeeze it tightly in the palm of your hand.If the lump has crumbled, then this means that the plant needs watering, and the soil must be moistened immediately.
Also, gardeners can examine the external signs of the plant. If the plant loses its decorative properties, the needles become dull, wilted, yellow. The tree looks generally drooping and very painful, this indicates that the plant or needs watering. Or the soil around the root system is too waterlogged. Therefore, it is necessary not to apply moisture at all for some time, so as not to cause even more damage to the plant.
How to properly water the thuja in the summer
It is necessary to moisten the soil to a good depth. If you constantly water only superficially, then the water will evaporate too quickly, and the roots will not receive any moisture at all. Moreover, if moisture is poorly absorbed, especially in the area of the near-trunk circle, then it is necessary to irrigate the soil not in one, but immediately in two stages.
To do this, it will be possible to water the plant a little less often. But moisture will need to be applied in large quantities. Also, the soil must be moistened to a depth of at least thirty centimeters. This is the only way the plant will feel as comfortable as possible.
Irrigation directly to the crown is also a necessary procedure. But it is recommended to produce it either early in the morning or late in the evening. If you water the crown during the day, in direct sunlight, then the risk increases that the plant will simply receive extensive burns. And his appearance and general condition will deteriorate markedly.
Watering thuja after planting in summer
After the bush has been planted in the spring, in the first month the soil is moistened once a week. Also, the bushes must be sprayed with a hose in order to improve the general condition of the crown, which we mentioned a little earlier.
Thanks to sprinkling, excess dust is removed from the tree. It looks much fresher, moisture is absorbed into the ephedra. Which has a positive effect on the general condition of the bush. In addition, he begins to get accustomed to new conditions much better, which is also, of course, very important.
Such irrigation is carried out within twenty minutes. At the same time, the air temperature should not fall below 25 degrees. The coniferous aroma is only enhanced by such irrigation. Therefore, a light and very pleasant smell spreads over the site, which attracts many gardeners, has a tonic and relaxing effect.
If the thuja was planted not in spring, but in autumn, then in this case it is also necessary to carry out abundant moisture of the soil and the plant as a whole. So it will be filled with vital energy, and it will be much easier for it to endure the upcoming frost. But even here it is necessary to take into account some subtleties.
For example, if the soil is excessively moistened within a month, then the risk increases that the root system of the plant may become sick. Which will lead to extremely negative consequences.
In the heat, the moisture from the plant evaporates abundantly, so at this time it is best to water it more actively and abundantly. If at the usual time the thuja is watered once a week, then here it should be watered about once every two days, at least.
If the weather is damp, there is heavy rainfall, then watering is still carried out once a week. But if the precipitation does not stop, then sometimes it is possible not to water the bushes at all at this time. Since they already have a fairly comfortable degree of humidification, and additional water application can only do harm.
Thus, a lot depends on how the gardener himself looks after the plants. How he knows how to recognize and identify his need for hydration. Or the fact that the plant has already received enough moisture, and at a particular period needs some break. If we are talking directly about the introduction of moisture under the root or on the very crown of the plant.
Thuja as a house plant
Thuja takes root well as a house plant.But, as a rule, there are still no special varieties that are designed specifically to grow them only at home. One way or another, there are those types and varieties of thuja that, with proper care, can adapt to home conditions. And at the same time, they will not require undue attention to themselves, nor will they require special care measures.
They only need timely fertilizing, as well as watering. Watering is carried out in accordance with what temperature has formed around the plant, in which part of the apartment it grows, as well as what time of year it is now. Watering is usually done early in the morning. They also irrigate the crown.
In general, thuja can become a real decoration or a personal plot, or an apartment. Since she looks really very attractive. It can be shaped. Carry out formative or sanitary pruning, which will make the bush more neat and attractive.
Thuja responds well to such procedures, and if pruning is done from a very early age, then you can also create the shape of the plant to which it will adhere.
Of course, thuja is a unique plant, and watering it also depends on the characteristics of the species and variety of the plant. And also on what region and what climatic conditions it grows. Does it grow on the site, or the bush is located at home.
If you maintain the general favorable state of the thuja, then this will allow, in principle, not much time to spend on the bush. Since it is quite unpretentious, it can withstand even the most severe conditions - droughts or severe frosts.