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🌻 Plant Care Guide For American Arborvitae

American Arborvitae

🪴   Intermediate

Botanical Name: Thuja Occidentalis

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American Arborvitae

Botanical Name: Thuja Occidentalis

Medium Water

Direct Sun

Toxic

🪴   Intermediate
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📚 American Arborvitae Care Guide

American Arborvitae is native to the eastern United States and Canada and has a slow to the medium growth rate. Features tiny, scale-like leaves that are packed closely together in overlapping rows on branchlets, displaying in a flattened, fan-like spray.
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💧️ Water - Medium Water
Moderate Water Needs
American Arborvitae requires a moderate amount of water. You will want to allow the top few inches of soil dry in between waterings. As a general rule of thumb, depending on where you have planted and how much light your American Arborvitae receives, you may need to water once a week.

Growing Indoors
If you are growing indoors or in a container, you can always check the moisture of the soil by using your thum or finger. Stick it in the soil -- if it is dry, then you will likely want to water your American Arborvitae.

Pot selection is also important to keep your American Arborvitae from getting too wet. It is important to select a pot with plenty of drainage holes as this will allow excess water to train out of the pot rather than to just sit on the bottom. Drainage holes also allow air to get into the soil from the bottom of the pot. Using a terracotta pot or another type of pot made of a permeable material can also help keepAmerican Arborvitae from getting too wet. Terracotta and other similar materials allow water to wick away from the soil faster than they would in a plastic pot.

Growing Outdoors
If you are growing American Arborvitae outdoors, the amount of light your plant is receiving is key to determining how often to water your plant. Plants that require moderate water, generally do best if they can get some respite from the sun during the day as it can dry out the soil fairly quickly. If you have planted in a sunny area, you will likely need to water this plant more often than if it is planted in a shady area. The type of soil you plant in is also important. Sandy and loamy soils tend to dry out much quicker. You can always amend soil with organic material such as peat moss or compost to encourage moisture retention.

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☀️ Light - Direct Sun
Direct Sunlight (Full Sun)
American Arborvitae thrives best in direct sunlight or full sun meaning that it loves at least 6-8 hours of bright direct light.

If growing outdoors, you will want to plant American Arborvitae in an area that receives sunlight throughout the day. If growing indoors, place near a South-facing window for ideal conditions. South-facing windows receive the most amount of direct light everyday.
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🐶️ Pet Toxicity - Toxic
Toxic To Pets

American Arborvitae is toxic to your pet friends. Becareful and keep out of reach of dogs, cats, and other pets.
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🌎 Hardiness Zone
Hardiness zones (or Grow Zones) are areas where American Arborvitae is able to grow outdoors year round.
If you are located outside of the specified grow zones, you will need to bring your plant indoors during cooler months if you are growing outside. We recommend growing in a container or indoors.


Zone 2A
-50 to -45 F
Zone 2B
-45 to -40 F
Zone 3A
-40 to -35 F
Zone 3B
-35 to -30 F
Zone 4A
-30 to -25 F
Zone 4B
-25 to -20 F
Zone 5A
-20 to -15 F
Zone 5B
-15 to -10 F
Zone 6A
-10 to -05 F
Zone 6B
-05 to 0 F
Zone 7A
0 to 5 F
Zone 7B
5 to 10 F
Zone 8A
10 to 15 F
Zone 8B
15 to 20 F
Zone 2A
Zone 2 has harsh conditions and very cold temperatures with a short growing season spanning from late May to early Fall.You will likely need to sow seeds and grow seedlings indoors. You can also consider getting a greenhouse to grow food year round.
First Frost:
First frost for Zone 2B is typically early-September, but can extend into the mid-September.

Last Frost:
Last frost for Zone 2B is typically late-May, but can extend into first week of June.
States Included In This Zone:
Alaska
Wyoming
Minnesota
North Wisconsin
Montana
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