The Q&A Archives: Japanese Boxwoods

Question: My Boxwoods were planted in April. I have Japanese and Africans. To me they haven't grown very much. A neighbor told me to build a little well around them to hold the water better. What can I do to make them grow quicker and better? Am I in the right area for these shrubs?

Answer: It can take some newly transplanted shrubs a full year to become established before they'll begin to grow, so maybe your expectation for the boxwood is a little high. Provide your plants with one-inch of water per week to keep them healthy. Building a basin around each shrub is a good idea because you can simply flood the basin once a week (twice if the weather is really hot) and you'll be assured of getting water to the rootmass of each plant. Japanese boxwood (Buxus microphylla japonica) will grow readily in your gardening region. I can find no reference for African boxwood, but suspect it is Buxus sempervirens, or common boxwood. If so, it should thrive in your gardening region, as well. Boxwoods are slow to moderate growing, so be patient with your new plants.

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