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Can Thuja Plicata 2' 6" be planted in pot ?

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 19:01

So sorry Tan, just re-read your message properly and you are only intending to keep it in a pot for a year or so. Of course you can, thuja are often supplied in large pots, up to 10 litres.

I have done just the same as you with purple beech - three spares in pots just in case one fails. 


Can Thuja Plicata 2' 6" be planted in pot ?

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 18:58

Atrovirens is a cultivar, final height 100 feet, half the height of the species, but still taller than an English Oak.

I once planted around 1000 thuja plicata as a catch crop in between beech, to encourage straight stems on the beech trees and to provide stout poles for rustic arches etc..  The thuja were vigorous growers. I also had atrovirens as a garden hedge in a later garden. It's foliage is rather more compact than leylandii, but my feeling is that it will not present well when grown in a pot because it is very hungry and will need to be pruned to keep it to a size that can be confined in a pot,  and the foliage isn't tight enough to give it ornamental shape at that size, unlike dwarf conifers, box, holly cultivars etc..

Having said that, you can grow almost anything in pots provided it doesn't have a strong tap root (thuja doesn't). 

sowing a new lawn

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 18:05

I agree with Busy-Lizzie. Mid April is normally a good time to sow but this year I reckon we are around 2 weeks behind. Water daily. The seed won't die on you, it will germinate when the soil temperature is right. now the weather has warmed up I'd be surprised if you don't see green shoots within the week. 

Used 4in1 now have patches

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 16:45

Rake out the dead moss, but leave the seed sowing for a few weeks. If the patches are small in area you might try sowing after three weeks, watering well. If there is no sign of germination after 10 days then sow again. You'll just have wasted a few handfuls of seed. Once the seed has germinated you should hand weed for a couple of months as grass seedlings are sensitive to lawn weedkiller. idally you should not treat a newly sown lawn with weedkiller for six months. 

Can Thuja Plicata 2' 6" be planted in pot ?

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 16:39

Thuja plicata is a giant conifer (Western Red Cedar - it's what cedar greenhouses are made of) which grows to over 200 feet tall. 

Used 4in1 now have patches

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 18:18

It is probably moss, and I think you shouldn't seed for about 6 weeks (due to the weedkiller!). A bit late to give you this advice but ideally you should have treated it 6 weeks ago, as April is a great time to sow grass seed. It gets a bit too hot for good germination by the beginning of June. 

Still no emails

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 16:48

Emails stopped again. 

The price of compost

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 16:46

Just finished my last bag of Westlands (good stuff) and bought 3 bags of Asda MP 70 litres for £10 9as I was in the store anyway. It is rubbish for seeds, clumping and woolly, a clearly visible mix of different coloured stuff ranging from dark brown to almost white shreddings. No way you could sprinkle a fine layer to cover small seeds.It will be fine for what I plan to use it for - bedding plants in pots that I will top up with liquied fertiliser. For the extra £1 I'll go back to Westland

EVIL Japanese Anemone

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 16:35

My Firecracker doesen't spread much in my heavy clay, but it has never looked good, shrivels in dryish weather. It looks like a weed. This year it is going, by glyphosate. 

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