Anonymous asked: How to plant a dwarf hinoki cypress
- Discard all debris from the planting site, including weeds and sticks. Rake the space and tamp down for a level planting site.
- Plant the dwarf hinoki in an area that receives full to part sun, as sun is critical to the shrub’s growth. Morning sun keeps the shrub healthy, as it is not as strong as afternoon sun.
- Dig a hole at least 2 inches wider and deeper than the dwarf hinoki root ball. Amend the soil with 2 to 3 inches of organic compost and turn over with the shovel to mix in the predug hole.
- Remove the dwarf hinoki cypress from the container and gently divide the roots, especially if the plant has become root-bound. Shake excess soil or mulch from the plant.
- Place the dwarf hinoki cypress root ball into the planting hole. Fill the hole with soil and compost mixture and pat down around the soil to ensure the shrub is secure.
- Water the dwarf hinoki shrub until it has become established, or for at least one to two weeks, especially during hot summers and dry winters. Saturate the site to ensure that the root ball is moist.
- Lay a 3-inch layer of mulch like pinestraw around the dwarf hinoki shrub to help cool the root ball and conserve moisture; mulched shrubs grow faster than those unmulched. Keep a 2-inch ring around the base of the shrub free of mulch.