Japanese Boxwoods - Knowledgebase Question

Suffolk, VA
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Question by hilbert56
September 24, 2000
We just planted some Japanese Boxwoods to make a hedge along our property line...no instructions were given for these..like how far apart to plant, how to take care of...can you please give us some advice to raise our boxwoods to grow healthy and beautiful.

Answer from NGA
September 24, 2000
Your boxwoods will ultimately reach 4'-6' in height, and 3'-4' in width. General planting guidlines include being sure the hole is deeper and wider than the root ball and working in lots of organic matter prior to transplanting.

Boxwood likes well-drained soils and does best in partial shade. It is important that even though these will be hardy, you must give them some winter protection. They are very slow growers so any damage will take a long time to hide. They will benefit from an annual addition of organic fertilizer like compost or composted manure. A mulch of 1-2 inches will be beneficial as well.

Prune in August to keep the plants uniform in size.

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