Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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Hello! Thank you for leaving feedback. When transplanting young plants from a nursery pot to a garden, the plant allocates more energy to root development instead of shoot development (above ground). It's important for them to develop a robust root system so they can absorb the nutrients and water in the soil around them. Then after their root system is more developed, they'll invest in their shoots and flower development. They generally spend their first year growing roots in their new home, in the second year, they have more energy to put into growth; and in the third year, they grow and flower vigorously. We hope this helps. Happy Gardening!
'Green Giant' Arborvitae/Thuja
We’ve ordered these trees twice. The first round of 25 was purchased in the fall, following a recommendation to give them the winter to work on their roots before putting on new growth in the spring. This was bad advice. After a good start, every single plant died. We tried everything.
True to their policy, GGP replaced all our trees. WOW. That’s customer service. They also now recommended we plant in the spring and give them plenty of water to survive the harsh Kansas winds/winter. We planted 25 more trees. They were definitely not as large or full as our first batch, but they seemed to do well the whole year and a couple put on more than a foot of new growth! Once the winter cold was over, they came out of dormancy and looked great. Then a month later, with little to no warning, they started dying off, one by one. We tried everything again, reached out to GGP for advice, but nothing worked. We have 4 plants still hanging on but the rest are toast.
So a word of warning. Perhaps Kansas is too harsh. Perhaps we have a black thumb. Perhaps these are just fickle plants. Good luck.
We planted 52 Thuja Giants in May 2016. All lived and look at them now! They are 12-15 feet or taller as of June 2023.
I ordered the same trees from 2 different stores and received them within a day of each other by mail. They were both green and beautiful upon receipt and were both planted on 6/24. One month later, the trees from the other store are still beautiful and green. They look just like they did when they arrived. The leaves on the trees from Great Garden Plants are all brown and they look like they're dying. I sent photos to their claims department hoping to get either new trees or a refund and to my shock, I received a reply stating that the trees were just fine and that nothing was wrong with them. So much for their "guarantee." I won't be ordering anything from them anymore.
Hello! I was able to pull up the photos you submitted to us. Your trees do look healthy and the coloration is normal. We provided you with suggestions to prevent any further discoloration. We did ask you a few follow up questions about the care you are providing in order to provide guidance to your unique situation, but we never received a response. We'd be happy to further assist if you can answer the questions we asked via email.
Again, you can reference our general tips here: https://blog.greatgardenplants.com/questions-answered-series-arborvitae-thuja/
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