Globe Arborvitae Tom Thumb Shrubs are round-shaped evergreen bushes with a neat habit that requires no pruning. Perfect accent plant and in mixed plantings or in a container. It has a substantial, though small, presence. Its petite size and well-behaved manner makes it an especially nice choice for smaller yards and gardens.
Arborvitae Tom Thumb Shrubs stay in a neat, round shape with no pruning. Perfect for small garden spaces and planting in containers on the deck or patio, Arborvitae Tom Thumb is a dwarf, slow-growing arborvitae cultivar with a distinct shape. It produces attractive, evergreen foliages. Tom Thumb will be about 2 to 3 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide at maturity.
2 to 3 Feet
2 to 3 Feet
Densely branched, Round
Any well drained soil
Water well until established
Extremely attractive when used as in the mixed border, foundations, or planted in mass
Frequently Asked questions
How do I water Globe Arborvitae Tom Thumb Shrubs?
After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Globe Arborvitae Tom Thumb Shrubs a good, deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example, a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5; a three gallon pot would be 15; and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks. You’ll want to water the bushes regularly after planting until they’ve been well established. We like to tell folks that when watering Globe Arborvitae or any plant for that matter its best not to water the foliage of the plant. Water at the base of the plant near the soil line only. Gator bag Jr. can be used to help aid in this process and also provide plants with a good soaking due to the slow release of the water into the root-zone of the plant. Soaker Hoses can also be used to water when planting a long hedge.
How do I fertilize Globe Arborvitae Tom Thumb Shrubs?
Plants such as Globe Arborvitae Tom Thumb grow best if they are fertilized once in the spring and again in early summer. Globe Arborvitae Tom Thumb favors nutrient rich soil and ample fertilization. Globe Arborvitae benefits from an fertilizer which can help raise the acid level of the soil such as Holly-Tone by Espoma. When selecting a fertilizer for your Globe Arborvitae Tom Thumb, if soil Ph is not an issue a simple balanced fertilizer can be used such as Tree-tone. Either chemical fertilizers or organic matter can be used successfully. Since an organic method of applying manure and/or compost around the roots, produces excellent results and also improves the condition of the soil, this would be an excellent first line of attack. Organic additions to the soil can also be combined with a shot of chemical fertilizer for maximum effect. If you choose to use chemical fertilizers on your Globe Arborvitae, applying a slow-release, balanced fertilizer once a year in the spring is probably the simplest solution. There are many slow-release fertilizers on the market. If you can find a fertilizer formulated for shrubs and trees, this fertilizer would work well on Globe Arborvitae Tom Thumb. However, slow-release is certainly not the only way to fertilize shrubs such as Globe Arborvitae although truth be told I feel its the best. A less expensive fast release fertilizer such as a 10-10-10 will work just as well if applied twice during the summer. If you are looking for a fertilizing routine tailored to your specific conditions, a soil sample should be taken and the fertilizer and trace elements matched to the needs of your soil. Don't fertilize Danica Arborvitae after August in the North. Fall is the time for arborvitaes to begin preparing for dormancy. Fertilizing at this time may stimulate new growth that will be too tender to withstand the winter. In the South, a late summer into September application would be about right. As mentioned one spring application of a balanced fertilizer should more than suffice. The amount of chemical fertilizer used per plant will vary with the size of the plant and it's root system. Over-fertilization can be much more detrimental than under-fertilization. "Fertilizer burn" can occur when too much fertilizer is applied, resulting in a drying out of the roots and damage or even death of the shrub. It is much, much better to err on the side of too little fertilizer than too much. When roots are burned, the first sign is often scorched looking leaves. If over-fertilization is severe, the plant may just wilt and die. Globe Arborvitae is very easy to grow however it may be helpful to know that a very small plant which is planted in the ground will take about 1/8 - 1/4 cup of espoma organic shrub-tone fertilizer. When fertilizing plants grown in containers, be careful to apply a fertilizer that will not burn the roots (such as a slow release or a liquid fertilizer). A very large established shrubs in the ground will take 2 - 3 cups of holly-tone spread around the drip line of the branches (not next to the trunk).
How do I mulch Globe Arborvitae Tom Thumb?
We highly recommend that you mulch your Globe Arborvitae Tom Thumb with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do, but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away that will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3-inch layer of mulch is sufficient, but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. It's better to leave a one-inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.
How do I prune Globe Arborvitae Tom Thumb?
Arborvitae is shrub that should be pruned in the late spring to maintain the shape and height of the plant. In general gardening terms, pruning is probably the most misunderstood gardening chore, and certainly, the chore that is most likely neglected. When we specifically look at pruning with regards to Globe Arborvitae Tom Thumb, this misunderstanding and negligence can be magnified. Pruning has been described as a “combination of art and science.” I personally find pruning to be one of the most relaxing yet rewarding chores in the garden. Pruning a specific plant to look a specific way, involves art in creating a unique definition for a specific plant, and it involves science in understanding the physical growing habits of the plant to be pruned. The most important reason for pruning Globe Arborvitae Tom Thumb is to improve the overall health of the plant which in turn will reward you with a flush of new growth. Removing the dead and dying limbs will minimize the possibility of diseases such as “die back” and will also allow the plant to re-concentrate its energies and produce many more foliage. The main reason for pruning laurels such as Little Giant Arborvitae is to re-define the plant’s definition within the landscape. Many times, a plant may outgrow its intended size in the landscape, and must be pruned to re-define its purpose. Pruning should always be associated with re-invigorating a plant by allowing it to focus its energies on producing more vigorous branches, foliage, and flowers. It is important to always use sharp tools when pruning Globe Arborvitae Tom Thumb or any plant for that matter. Knives, hand cutters, saws, and shears should be sharpened if necessary before pruning any plants. A sharp cut will heal quicker than a jagged cut, which will also minimize the likelihood of disease investing a cut during pruning. It is generally recommended to not use power equipment such as gas hedgers to prune Globe Arborvitae Shrubs or any plant in my opinion.