Tips for Care - Thuja (Morpankhi)
Also known as Arborvitae or Morpankhi, the Thuja plant looks very similar to the Juniper plant but is much hardy. Narrow-growing, upright thuja is used for ornamental purposes and also as a hedge plant. Very fine-textured, green to cream-green foliage on orange-brown stems. This plant is heat-tolerant and has an excellent vertical accent plant for small spaces or mixed borders. The leaves are scale-like 1 to 10 mm long.
Potting- ½ garden soil + ½ manure + sand on the top (1 to 2 cm). The roots of this plant are shallow and do not go very deep.
Watering – Give enough water so that the soil remains moist. Soil should not become soggy also. Water twice every day during summers. Underwatering results in yellow leaves & brown leaf tips. Overwatering results in leaves/stems falling on the outside. If this has already happened, repot the plant else, root rotting will set in, and the plant will die in a short time.
Light Requirement – In summer should be kept in semi-shade. In winter, it should be kept in indirect sunlight (max four hr. sunlight).
Fertilization – Fertilize with manure twice a year. Also, give liquid fertilizer every month.
Propagation – Propagation is through seeds. Seeds are found in cones that turn brown & then split. Propagation through the stem - stem can be planted preferably in September or February.
General Tips - When a plant grows beyond its limit, and pot size does not provide enough space for the spread of roots, repot with fresh soil and some fertilizer. Do not disturb the roots and do not make any drastic changes in the environment. Thuja plant is of medicinal value and; is used for making homeopathic medicines.
Max reachable height: 2 feet
Bloom Time: Autumn and Spring