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Winterizing Giant Thuja

Posted by dsohng Weschester, NY (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 25, 09 at 12:39

Hi All,

I planted 16 foot and a half Giant Thujas in my front yard in June. I want to do my best to winterize them. I know that Wilt-Pruf is an option but I was thinking that I would surround each with a 2 foot burlap enclosure filled with mulch (grass clippings and leaves). Would this be a more effective option? Thanks.

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RE: Winterizing Giant Thuja

i will presume you didnt mean a 16 footer plus 1/2

what is your zone???

i planted 50 4 inchers... and gave them no winter protection.. EVER ... of course.. the first few years they were under snow cover ...

when were they planted ....

how did you plant them

will you keep them properly watered until late fall

does your ground freeze

did you mulch them???

here's pix of mine... 9 years later.. from 4 inches..

good luck




RE: Winterizing Giant Thuja

sorry. meant 16 specimens at about 18 inches each. I am in Zone 6-7, about an hour north of NYC. I planted them in June in two staggered rows, mulched them, and I water them deeply twice a week. The first week they browned slightly but since then they look healthy, but have grown minimally (as expected). The winters here can vary but I don't want to take a chance when they are so young.

RE: Winterizing Giant Thuja

is wind an extreme variable????

sounds like you did everything right ....

and if they can make it thru my extremely winter-windy hilltop location.. w/o protection ... in z5

i dont know why yours would need protection ..

a little burlap on the wind side wouldnt hurt i suppose... but what did they cost..

are you really prepared to spend 10 bucks.. to protect a $6 plant??? i mean really .. if a couple die.. they can be replaced in spring for less than the cost of protecting ...

up to you.. obviously ...


PS: do NOT let them dry out throughout the winter ... but no standing water ...

RE: Winterizing Giant Thuja

god I love those pictures- very inspiring to say the least. I have a few smaller ones that I do burlap some in the winter- but mainly so the deer won't chomp them, I have a somewhat larger one that is near an open field with strong winds- it did get a bit more golden than the others but its still surviving, pretty tough trees.

RE: Winterizing Giant Thuja

damn're right. I might wilt-pruf them but that's it. Thanks and your thujas look great.

RE: Winterizing Giant Thuja

I wouldn't mess with them. Including Wilt-Pruf. I know that it seems like a good idea, but I frankly doubt the stuff does any actual good. All Thujas have inherent drought tolerance, far beyond what some peeps believe to be the case. If you're watering yours twice weekly, that means they are getting more care than the ones up at my land ever got.......or ever will, for that matter. They gotta live on their own, so why baby them?


RE: Winterizing Giant Thuja

agree with +om ...

wilt proof is more wasted money ....


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