Shrub Boxwood; description, landing, care

Boxwood is a very popular plant to use as a hedge. They have bright, dense, color-rich leaves, so they are ideal for this purpose. The boxwood hedge is green, hardy, dirt-resistant and evergreen. This is the best garden decoration. We will advise you on how to plant and grow boxwood for hedges.

Evergreen boxwood (Buxus sempervirens), the most common boxwood grown in our gardens, is found throughout southern Europe as well as the Caucasus, usually in oak forests and warm southern slopes. It grows slowly and in optimal conditions reaches a height of 2-4 m. As a bush or even a small tree, it is a long-lived species, sometimes surviving for several hundred years. Its main advantages are shiny evergreen leaves and compact habit. It tolerates haircuts and is therefore ideal for creating low evergreen hedges, borders and geometric shapes. The whole plant is poisonous.

Boxwood in the garden. The soil and location in the garden.

Boxwood is suitable for growing even in shady and not very fertile soil. They are undemanding and basically you can grow them anywhere. They develop equally in the sun and partial shade. For this reason, they are ideal for hedges and curbs. It is not recommended to plant in a permanent sunny place, because leaves are baked in the sun.

Which soil is right? Best growth can be expected in fertile and slightly damp soil. The shrub does not respond well to very wet and heavy soil. The soil must be alkaline, when the soil is oxidized, the plant turns yellow and deteriorates.

Boxwood Hedges - Planting Time

You will need a lot of cuttings to make a hedge around your entire garden. While boxwood isn't too expensive, it can be a costly idea in this situation. This is why it pays to grow plants yourself and take woody shoots from your shrubs. Boxwood reproduces relatively well, and woody twigs planted in moist soil or water quickly release rhizomes.

Planting is carried out mainly throughout the season. Potted cuttings can be planted from March to September. If you have cuttings propagating independently or purchased from a nursery, but with bare roots, it is best to do so in May. Thanks to this, they will grow well in a new place and will be able to develop sufficiently before the onset of winter.

How to plant hedges - technique and planting density

In the case of planting cuttings with roots, they should be lowered into the water in advance, due to which they will begin to grow faster.

To create a dense and really attractive boxwood hedge, you need to plan the right spacing between the plants. Planting density depends on the type of plant and your preference. If you want to create a low hedge that does not exceed 1.2m, choose a small-leaved boxwood. To make the green wall thick, you need to plant shrubs every 10-12 cm. Evergreen boxwood is needed for taller hedges. In his case, the distance between plants is already 15-20 cm.

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