Plant Care Biota


About Biota

This plant is tolerant of most conditions with the exception of wet, boggy sites. It grows as a dense, conical to columnar tree/shrub that opens up as it ages. Its leaves emit an odor when bruised. It is beneficial to good air circulation.


Platycladus orientalis

Also known as

Oriental Arborvitae, Oriental Arborvitae, Chinese arborvitae, Platycladus, Chinese thuja, Oriental arborvitae and Oriental thuja

How to care for Biota


How often to water your Biota

Water needs for Biota
0.5 cups
every 9

Biota needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Biota

Water 0.5 cups every

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Oriental Arborvitae in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Biota: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Biota love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Biota does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Biota in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Biota

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Biota: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Biota after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Biota is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Biota



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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