arborvitaes dying

dhspitlerMay 15, 2012

Hello, I hope that I'm posting this in the right place. I'm not a gardener, this is actually my first attempt at growing/planting anything.

I live in New York City and my apartment has a small courtyard with built in planters along the walls. The courtyard is surrounded by tall buildings, so it only receives direct sunlight at most 2 hours in the summer. I planted some arborvitaes in August of 2011 and they were doing fine up until about a month ago when some of the branches and leaves began to turn brown and fall off. Attached are some pics. I would appreciate any suggestions/help that there might be out there. Are they beyond help? The middle tree is in the worst shape.

If they are beyond saving, do you have any other suggestions of something to grow? I'd like something large enough to block the windows, but also I'm on a budget.


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I wanted to post pictures, but I can't figure out how to do it. :(

    Bookmark   May 15, 2012 at 12:46PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

check out the link


Here is a link that might be useful: how to post pix

    Bookmark   May 15, 2012 at 1:21PM
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Here are pics

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   May 15, 2012 at 2:17PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

use the HTML code.. paste it right here where you type.. and on preview it will pop right up for us ...

is that an air conditioner inside the right most one??? .. that isnt good

i never plant conifers. in august.. i bet you got highly stressed cheap stock.. which was already damaged ...

and they will need more sun.. to thrive ...

track back into the plant ... and cut out the dead stuff.. and see if you can live with the experiment.. and find out if they will fill in enough to make you happy ... if not.. get rid of them..


    Bookmark   May 15, 2012 at 3:43PM
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In addition to the lack of sunlight, I'd be concerned about lack of root space in that planter. Also with lack of adequate root space would be the need for pretty darn frequent watering, even in winter if immediately adjacent to the building or under any sort of overhang.

A tough and very restrictive location for any sort of tallish, evergreen plant.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2012 at 5:09PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

The pic...

In addition to the planter being small, how well does it drain?


    Bookmark   May 15, 2012 at 6:02PM
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For the summer, I would plant Ostrich Ferns in there.
They would do nicely nest to the other ferns, they grow quickly and will cover your window for privacy.
If you go through a dry spell, water everything real good.
For the winter you could put some decorations in there to help cover up the windows. Mabey buy a fake small something, I like your decos by the way.
You need a PLANT that doesn't mind wet feet.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2012 at 6:32PM
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