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How to grow thuja at home: detailed instructions from an expert

Thuja needs little maintenance and takes root well. Source: Created with the help of AI

A thuja hedge looks great in a summer cottage or near a house, but it takes a lot of money to plant enough trees. Still, you can save money by growing the conifers yourself. Yes, it will take some time and effort, but it will bring you so much joy.

This is how Dmytro Braslavskyi, a resident of Uman, Cherkasy region, decided to decorate his land. He told Suspilne that he has set up a relatively simple greenhouse in his yard and grows dozens of conifers, such as thuja, juniper, and other species.

"The greenhouse is connected to water, there is no automation. In the summer, we cover it with a net to create shade. There is nothing special there," the man said. His nursery is currently growing a dozen thousand cuttings.

To root a cutting, you need to take a small growth with a "heel", a fragment of a lignified branch. This cutting is inserted into the ground in a cassette or seedling pot. It should be watered three times a day: in the morning, in the middle of the day, and at night. If the temperature in the greenhouse rises above 25 degrees during the day, it needs to be ventilated.

In greenhouse conditions, the cutting should spend about two years until the root system develops well and gets stronger. After that, the plant can be transplanted into open ground. In about 10 years, the thuja reaches a height of about four meters.

According to Dmytro, thuja is not a very demanding plant to care for. It takes root well on ordinary chernozem. There is no need to improve its structure.

The man himself bought the first thuja for his plot more than a decade ago, and then tried to grow more trees himself. Now it is his favorite hobby, and conifers grow everywhere in his yard.

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