Boxwood - Knowledgebase Question

Kannapolis, No
Question by pmbigbear
June 25, 2010
How do I care for them? When and what to feed them?
Pruning and how? When? Watering?

Answer from NGA
June 25, 2010


Boxwoods are easy to grow in a sunny spot and most will tolerate a little shade, as well. They need well draining soils (wet feet will cause root rot). Water deeply once or twice a week depending upon weather and feed in the spring with a general purpose garden fertilier.

Many people shear boxwood into a more formal shape with hedge shears. Simply follow the shrub?s natural growth habit with the shears until you have renewed its tight pyramidal form. If you prefer a more natural shape, one that follows the shrub?s pyramidal growth habit, but without the rigid line that shearing creates, prune the spiky growth out with hand pruners. Remove the outsized stems back to their point of origin on a branch or the trunk. Removing those growths as they appear will keep them in shape without a lot of work on your part.

Best wishes with your boxwood.

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