Plant Care Hiba Arborvitae

Hiba Arborvitae

About Hiba Arborvitae

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.

Taxonomy

Thujopsis dolabrata
Thujopsis
Cupressaceae
Pinales

Also known as

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

How to care for Hiba Arborvitae

💦 Water

How often to water your Hiba Arborvitae

Water needs for Hiba Arborvitae
0.5 cups
every 9

Hiba Arborvitae 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 Arborvitae

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Thujopsis in your home

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

Hiba Arborvitae love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Hiba Arborvitae does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Hiba Arborvitae

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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


💦 Water Needs

Hiba Arborvitae prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Hiba Arborvitae requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


🪴 Soil

Hiba Arborvitae does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!


💩 Fertilizer

Hiba Arborvitae grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Hiba Arborvitae can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5a-7b. Find your local hardiness zone here.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Hiba Arborvitae

Hiba Arborvitae

Hiba Arborvitae


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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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