The Q&A Archives: Emerald Arborvitae Root Depth and Width

Question: Hi, we need to know as soon as possible how deep and wide do Emerald Arborvitae roots extend to. We have over 50 of these plants and would like to put them in pots. Please get back to us as soon as you can. Thank you so much.....

Answer: As a general guideline for future reference, use the 1-2-3 Rule. The majority of a small plant's roots (annual, perennial, succulent) are in the top 1 foot of soil; a shrub, the top 2 feet, and a tree, the top 3 feet. Roots spread outwards at the same width as the canopy and slightly beyond. Try to maintain as much of the main rootball intact as you can, but depending on the size of the plant, it's not always feasible to get all of the roots. Good luck with your transplanting!

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