The Q&A Archives: Japanese boxwood as houseplant

Question: Would a one gallon Japanese boxwood do OK indoors at a south facing window?

Answer: Boxwood (Buxus), a hardy evergreen shrub with small oval leathery leaves, is generally grown as an outdoor hedging or topiary plant, but it will also perform well as a houseplant as long as you can mimic outdoor temperatures. For example, boxwoods enjoy a winter chill, so you might want to move them to a chilly room or a basement with windows come November. Another caveat regarding indoor use is that this plant?s leaves are poisonous so it?s essential to keep it out of the reach of children and pets. Place your plants in bright indirect light, mist them regularly, and give them moderate amounts of water. Let the plants dry out a bit between waterings, especially during the winter. Fertilize your plants every three weeks during the growing season and repot them every two years in the spring. Boxwood is bothered by few pests and is generally very disease resistant. Regular misting should keep mites from being a problem.

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