Plant Care

General care

Boxwood does not require any specific soil type, but prefers a well drained soil with a pH of 6.5 - 7.5. If roots become waterlogged, foliage growth is stunted and susceptibility of disease is increased

General Care

Basic rule of watering is seldom and thoroughly. Established plants need as little as 1 inch every 2 weeks. Newly planted or transplanted specimens require weekly watering for the first year.

Annual debris clearing from inside a hedge or topiary will improve air circulation through the plant and reduce the chance of infection. Remove debris from the site and burn if possible.

Disease

Please note that we no longer stock Dwarf Box (Suffruticosa) because of its susceptibility to disease. However, we will supply it if specially requested.

Feeding

Box is a nutrient hungry plant and should ideally be regularly fed once or twice over the summer months (May to September).

Yellowing of leaves normally means a nitrogen deficiency. We suggest any Nitrogen based synthetic fertilizer, (granular urea) or natural feed product (blood, fish & bone). Compost will add nutritional value to the soil and aid natural growth.

Trimming

Trimming should be carried out in the summer, preferably from late May to mid August. Power tools can be used, however shears or secateurs are preferable.

Large leaf plants, such as Holly and Bay, should be trimmed with garden secateurs. Small leaf plants, such as Box and Yew should preferably be cut with long shears or topiary shears for the best effect.

Tips

Dog urine will kill the leaf of the box plant and may cause dieback of the whole plant.