Boxwood Container Growing Tips Boxwood Container Growing Tips
Boxwood shrubs are ideal to use for hedging purposes and also make excellent borders in many gardens. There are various varieties of the shrub to choose from, each having its own unique features. The shrubs have a thick attractive foliage that makes them especially suitable for hedging purposes. It is a slow-growing wintergreen shrub that does not require much maintenance when planted outdoors.
It is best to plant the shrub in the fall or at summer's end when ground temperatures are warmer, as this will allow it to establish itself before the winter sets in. Topiary shrubs like the boxwood will do well in areas that receive plenty of sunshine. However, the plant can tolerate some shade, but not for extended periods. Well drained soils are needed for best results. If you have clay soils, these can benefit from some input of organic material to support better soil draining properties. The plant require more maintenance when grown in containers but with proper care they are bound to thrive. These steps will help you succeed in container growing for your boxwood.
Step 1 - Obtain Cuttings
Select the new growth area of a healthy boxwood plant. Avoid cutting from diseased or damaged plants. Using a pair of scissors, cut off a piece of about 6 inches. You can keep several cuttings together. Make sure you keep them moist.
Step 2 - Insert in Rooting Hormone
Insert the cuttings into a container with some rooting hormone. Only about half an inch of the cuttings needs to be dipped into the root promoting agent. Remove them almost immediately and allow them to dry for about 15 minutes.
Step 3 - Prepare the Containers
Line the bottom of the containers with some gravel. It will help in preventing the soil from clogging the container holes. Place enough potting mix inside the containers. Add in some organic material and mix well so that the soil composition is well balanced. The organic material will help improve the drainage properties of the soil.
Step 4 - Insert Cuttings
Cuttings can then be placed into the soil down to a depth of about 2 inches. Leave at least 1 inch in between cuttings so that they can grow without being too restricted. Add some water so that the soil is sufficiently moist. However, avoid creating soggy soil conditions as a result of excessive watering. This will delay root development. Diseases may set in and roots could rot if water is available in excessive quantities as the roots will not be able to breathe properly. Be sure to water the cuttings when the soil shows signs of drying so that normal plant growth is enabled.