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Thuja western Teddy is a small coniferous plant that looks like a globe. This variety is new, however, very popular among landscape designers and gardeners with its unique shape. The plant fits perfectly into the design of any household plots, parks, is in demand when decorating flowerbeds, rock gardens. Thuya lives well on various soils, unpretentious in care.
Belongs to evergreen species. Has a spherical crown, thin shoots, covered with needles, which is practically not pricked. Needles have a bluish-green hue, sometimes dark, closer to winter becomes brown. Thuja grows not fast and for a year can grow only on 2-3 cm. According to the description of Thuja, the western Teddy reaches a maximum size of 10 years, which are in diameter, m. Roots are branched, superficial, and sensitive to compaction.
Thuya West Teddy planting and care
In order to grow a strong and beautiful shrub, you should know the basic rules of planting and caring for thighs of the western Teddy. Thuya is best served on sunny areas or in a small shade. If the plant is in a shady place, the crown does not develop well enough and has an unattractive appearance.
It is desirable that the soil is not heavy, suitable peat and slightly clayey sandy loam. Ideal is the mixture:
- 1 part of sand;
- 1 part peat;
- 1 part of the leaf earth.
To improve growth, it is desirable to include mineral fertilizers - 5 g per 1 kg of the substrate obtained. This will help the roots to grow better into the soil. If you make a landing from a container, thuju western Teddy should be well watered. The planting pit should be much wider than the root system, on its bottom it is necessary to place drainage from gravel or expanded clay, a layer of 15-20 cm. The distance between the plantations should be about 40-50 cm.
When planting the neck of the root system should be placed at ground level. After the landing of the thuja, it is necessary to water abundantly and to mulch the stump with peat or a special bark.
The plant is favorable to watering and loves sprinkling. Therefore, after landing of thuju, the western Teddy is supposed to water regularly, at least 1-2 times a week, after loosening to a shallow depth. If the landing is made in hot time, the frequency of watering is increased. Radical mulching also helps to retain moisture and reduces its evaporation. In the spring, when the plant is awakened, the bush is recommended to be watered more abundantly.
According to the description of Thuja Teddy has frost resistance, so it tolerates winter weather conditions well. But, nevertheless, at the end of winter and early spring, when the sun shines brightly enough, the needles are very sensitive to burns. In order to avoid this, it is advisable to cover the branches of the plant with lapnika or a special fiber. In the winter, when strong snowstorms and wet snow come, bush branches are recommended to be tied in order not to damage the crown. Wet snow from the branches is desirable to remove.
This type of tuja also needs annual sanitary pruning, which is carried out in the spring. This removes all the withered and spoiled branches. If necessary, you can cut, this will ensure the correct formation of the crown. It should be remembered that you need to cut no more than the third part of the shoot.
Fodder in the spring, for this is suitable for April or May months. For this procedure, a mineral fertilizer complex for coniferous or nitroammophosic fertilizing is used. In autumn, potassium-phosphate fertilizers are introduced.
Treatment against pests
To avoid damage to plants with fungal pests and some other insects, preventive treatment should be carried out. The event is held in April with the use of Bordeaux liquid. In case of infection, the shrub is treated with insecticides twice, after 10 days.
Care of the plant should also include weeding weeds and loosening the soil, which contributes to saturation of the bush with oxygen.
How to properly plant and care for thu West Teddy can be viewed on the photo.
Use in landscape design
For green tuya songs, the western Teddy fits as well as possible. It is ideal for both parks and the decoration of private plots outside the city. The plant is originally moistened in solitary and group plantings in gardens and squares, suitable for organizing slides in alpine style. Can be grown in containers and special boxes for flowers. Moreover, the bush is recommended to be used for decoration of loggias, placed on the roofs of terraces and houses. Read more about using Tui Teddy in landscape design, you can see the photos that are presented below.