container planting - Knowledgebase Question

beavercreek, oh
Question by mcjemco
March 26, 2007
I would like to plant some 5 ft arborvitaes in boxes on my deck to provide a privacy screen from my neighbors. (the deck is 6 ft off the ground or i would plant them in the ground). How big of boxes would I need, are there any special requirements (gravel, sand, etc)? What kind of spacing would I need? I live in lower Ohio, so would the plants survive the winter in boxes, or would I be wasting my money and only get the summer out of them? thanks for your help!!

Answer from NGA
March 26, 2007


Plants in containers are more vulnerable to cold weather because their roots are above ground. I would highly recommend you plant directly in the ground. If you grow Thuja 'pyramidalis', which is a tall, narrow arborvitae, it will grow up to about 30' in height yet remain only 2-3' in width. Choosing these plants, you can plant them on 4 or 5' centers for a dense hedge which will provide lots of privacy.

Good luck with your plantings!

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