Arborvitae turning yellow-brown - Knowledgebase Question

Columbus, Oh
Question by leslietaylor
June 13, 2009
I just planted some arborvitae (little giant)and they are starting to turn yellow/brown. Is it shock? What can I do to help them survive?

Answer from NGA
June 13, 2009


If you've just planted your arborvitaes, I'd guess it is transplant shock and as soon as the roots become established they should perk right up. Arborvitaes need fast draining soil and a deep soaking once a week (twice if your soil drains really well and the weather is hot). Water your plants well and then wait 3-4 days to check the soil moisture. Dig down several inches to see how moist the soil is near the roots. If the soil is moist 1 1/2- 2" below the soil surface, you won't need to water for a few more days. If it is dry, it's time to water. In time your plants will adjust and recover. Until then, water as above. Best wishes with your new plants.

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