Plant Care Hiba


About Hiba

Hiba Arborvitae is a conical needled evergreen native to Japan in the cypress family. Plant in full sun to partial shade in moist, well-drained, neutral to acidic soils. It can be susceptible to branch breakage from snow and ice and winter burn on leaves.


Thujopsis dolabrata

Also known as

Thujopsis, Thujopsis, Thujopsis, asunaro, hiba, false arborvitae and hiba arborvitae

How to care for Hiba


How often to water your Hiba

Water needs for Hiba
0.5 cups
every 9

Hiba 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 Hiba

Water 0.5 cups every

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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 Thujopsis in your home

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

Hiba love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Hiba does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Hiba

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Hiba: 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 Hiba after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Hiba is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Hiba



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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