Planting conifers in a bucket - tips for care

Conifers are not only popular hedges, they can also be easily planted in tubs. However, it needs significantly more care than outdoor plants.

The thuja is ideal for planting pots

You probably know conifers (pinales) as hedges, as a windbreak in the garden or as evergreen plants in parks.

However, you can also plant the conifers with the soft needles in a bucket and easily get a piece of the garden on the balcony.

However, the plant should not be left to its own devices here. In contrast to outdoor plants, a conifer planted in tubs requires significantly more care.

In the bucket, conifers need more care

Basically, the small conifer species are suitable for planting in containers. You can use them to quickly create a new eye-catcher or to tackle garden design much more freely than would be possible with a conifer planted directly in the ground. Thujas are particularly suitable for planting pots. However, you need to spend a little more time caring for the conifer.

The differences start with planting, because not every bucket is suitable. He should:

  • Have a drain opening
  • Be provided with drainage
  • Special earth included
  • Be adequately dimensioned
  • Stand on a mobile stand if possible

The drain opening is particularly important. Like many plants, conifers do not tolerate waterlogging. Irrigation water can easily collect in the bucket and cause the roots to rot due to the moisture. As a result, the conifer dies. However, if you look for a drain opening or puncture the bucket in the floor area, the excess water can escape. So that the soil does not flow out of the bucket with the water and fertilizers remain in the soil, create a drainage over the drain opening:

  • Sprinkle a layer of gravel on the bottom of the flower tub
  • Place small stones or shards of clay over the gravel
  • Pour sand over the coarse layer
  • Cover drainage with fleece

Only fill the actual soil via the drainage. The drainage layer allows excess water to be collected in the bucket for a while without coming into direct contact with the roots. If the soil dries out, the roots absorb moisture from the drainage layer, but do not have to stay in the water permanently. If there is too much water or rainwater in the bucket, it runs out through the drainage layer directly through the drain opening.

Coniferous soil for planting pots

If you put conifers - or other trees - in a bucket, you must take into account that the nutrient supply is limited. The soil cannot renew itself or upgrade itself, but the plant has to make do with the nutrients that you give it. We therefore recommend that you switch to coniferous soil for planting pots. It already contains the correct amounts of humus, earth and sand and is provided with fertilizers that ensure healthy growth of the thuja.

To put the conifer in the bucket, you should heed the following instructions:

❶ Put a layer of soil over the drainage.
❷ Now put the conifer in the bucket. Place the plant in the center of the planter.
❸ Pour the soil evenly into the bucket and make sure that the conifer remains in the center.
❹ Fill the earth up to a distance of about five centimeters from the edge of the bucket. This open space allows you to easily pour the conifer without the tub overflowing.
❺ Pour the conifer sufficiently.

Depending on the position of the bucket, you have to make sure that the soil does not dry out. In the field, conifers form deep roots, which means that the plant can get water relatively well, even in prolonged drought. This possibility does not exist in the bucket. The conifer can only use the moisture that is directly in the bucket. Therefore check every three days at the latest whether the soil is still sufficiently moist and water regularly.

Winter conifers in a bucket

Conifers planted directly in the ground can easily survive the winter months, provided that they are not young plants without deep roots. Container plants, however, need some winter protection to sprout again in spring. Since you will probably put small or very young conifers in the bucket, you should think about protection in the winter:

  • Surround the plant with fleece and a burlap sack
  • Wrap bubble wrap around the bucket
  • Put styrofoam under the bucket or raise it
  • Straw or leaves protect the soil from freezing
  • Limit watering to frost-free days

Cut the conifers back in the bucket

When pruning your conifer, you should make sure that the balance is maintained. If the conifer grows too much, you have to put it in a larger bucket or plant it in the garden. However, the most important measures to get a conifer in a bucket are watering and intermediate fertilization with coniferous fertilizer. Highly recommended is the Compo coniferous slow-release fertilizer, which not only strengthens the plant, but also protects it from turning brown.

If you make sure that the soil does not dry out, the plant is pruned in early spring and you regularly fertilize it, you will be able to enjoy an evergreen plant on the terrace or balcony.