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Tui with dense conical crown every year becoming more and more popular. Tuya Holmstrup is universal. It can become a part of the green hedge that preserves the bright green color, decorate the lawn near the house and be the backdrop for beautifully flowering plants.
Growing tui, given the characteristics of the culture, even a novice gardener can. The plant has a low growth rate, resistant to external influences, scaly needles. Thuja does not need frequent pruning, it perfectly adapts to life in the city and in the garden.
Description and photos of Tui Holmstrup
Why does this variety of Tui cause genuine interest of gardeners? There are several reasons for this, and they all lie in the characteristics of the variety. Thuja Holmstrup or Thuja occidentalis Holmstrup is an evergreen conifer grown as an ornamental crop. A tall shrub with a cone-shaped crown is distinguished:
- low growth rate;
- excellent winter hardiness;
- universal purpose.
According to the description, Thuya Holmstrup, in the photo, guards the dark green color of scaly needles throughout the year. The plant is characterized by multiple branching of the shoots, which makes the crown very dense and decorative.
In the ground they are planted at different ages. The older seedlings, the faster they reach the size of an adult shrub. But landing krupnomerov - a task for professionals.
Usually, it takes at least 10 years to reach a height of one and a half or two meters. At the same time, the diameter of the ephedra reaches 60 cm. With an annual vertical increase of up to 15 cm, the plant will need many more years for its dimensions to become limiting. In this case, the height reaches 3-4 meters, and the width of the dense crown - 80-120 cm.
Ephedra unpretentious. Thuja endures without great losses:
- frosts within 29–34 ° C;
- cultivation near highways and industrial enterprises where the air is saturated with chemicals, gases and other aggressive compounds;
- pruning that helps keep the crown in shape and decorative.
These features make it a valuable plant for landscape design. Having planted a shrub on the plot, you can be sure that the thuja Kholmstrup will maintain its style for many years and will not lose its appeal neither in winter nor in hot summer.
Thuja western Kholmstrup: landing and care
Thuja prefer sunny, sheltered from the wind or light penumbra. Getting into the shady corners, coniferous culture can lose its characteristic appearance. The crown becomes sparse, drawn out. The needles turn pale, reacts more sharply to changes in weather conditions and seasons, is more often attacked by fungi and pests.
For comfortable growth, the needles need light, loose soil. Cultivated sandy loams or more dense soils mixed with peat and sand are quite suitable. If the Tui Holmstrup sapling falls into an overly heavy substrate, its root system does not receive enough oxygen and nutrition. Dense soil retains a lot of water, which during stagnation causes rotting of the root system. In this case, you can not do without a powerful drainage layer with a thickness of 15–20 cm, which is made at the bottom of the planting pit.
These requirements must be taken into account when choosing a place for planting a selected coniferous crop.
The dimensions of the planting trench or pit depend on the size of the underground part of the seedling. If he has a closed root system, planting and caring for the thuja of western Holmstrup are greatly simplified.
Most often for a thuja, dig pits 60–80 cm deep and of the same diameter. Soil for backfilling is done in advance, mixing:
- 1 part of sand;
- 1 part of lowland peat;
- 2 pieces of leafy ground.
Nitrogen-phosphorus fertilizers are mixed into the soil to stimulate growth. Be sure to pay attention to the level of acidity. The optimum pH for tui and related species is 4.5–6 units.
A sapling, grown in a container before planting, should be watered abundantly, removed their pot and placed on a layer of fresh substrate. The space between the walls of the pit and the earth clod is filled with prepared soil so that the root neck is not covered with soil. The field of this soil compacted, watered and mulched.
When planting plants with an open root system, it is important to carefully straighten the roots, spreading them on a previously poured cone from the soil.
After planting, western Holmstruy thuja care includes:
- regular watering, sufficiently abundant to moisten the root system;
- compulsory weeding under young shrubs;
- loosening the surface layer of soil;
- spring fertilizing with the help of specialized mixtures, pushing the renewal and growth of needles;
- sanitary and formative pruning.
Although an excess of moisture is dangerous for the thuja, its lack causes shrub depression. Therefore, in the hot season, young tui are watered daily, for adult plants they increase the frequency of irrigation, they actively use sprinkling and mulching with peat, sawdust, and mowed grass. Before the beginning of winter, young thujas are tied and covered so that the snow does not damage the dense crown.
Thuja Holmstrup in landscape design
Thuis of this variety is equally good in single and group plantings. Thuja Holmstrup's place in landscape design:
- living evergreen walls on the edge of the site or on the border of functional zones;
- color-preserving islands on the lawn;
- background for decorative leafy and flowering plants.
With regular haircuts, thuja live well in bulk containers. And lovers of garden topiary art value varieties as a good basis for the original decoration of the garden.