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Produce => Non Edible Plants => Topic started by: georgiesgirl on February 22, 2004, 14:05:46

Title: box hedge
Post by: georgiesgirl on February 22, 2004, 14:05:46
I would love to have a go at making a box hedge. With this in mind, i bought 2 buxus semperviren plants from B&Q last week.The plants have lots of new growth,and i realise that the growing on of these cuttings will take a long time, but want to give it a shot.
Is there a right time of the year to take the cuttings?
Any other suggestions on this process,will be taken on board.
Title: Re: box hedge
Post by: The gardener on February 23, 2004, 17:52:49
As with most trees/shrubs  take cuttings between July & September.

I quite often use the trimmings I land up with after trimming/shaping the hedge.

I just remove the lower leaves from the stem and stick them in a pot of 50-50 peat and sharp sand and stick them in a cold frame to root.

The following Spring I pot up the rooted ones and grow them on in individual pots until planting out time in September/October.  
Title: Re: box hedge
Post by: Garden Manager on February 23, 2004, 20:01:31
By all means have a go at growing your own box plants - they can be costly to buy if you need a lot of them. But be warned it is a slow process, box cuttings can take ages to root and grow into decent plants. So a fair amount of patience is required.
Title: Re: box hedge
Post by: georgiesgirl on February 24, 2004, 10:37:09
Again thanks for the replies.
Last year i had a half hearted attempt at taking cuttings,with no success, this time i shall follow the gardener's advice hopefully with a bit more luck.
I need about 90 plants in all, and i will try to be patient, something i am not noted for when it comes to gardening.
Title: Re: box hedge
Post by: Muddy_Boots on February 24, 2004, 11:03:14
Other thing you can do to increase plants is to divide.  Box splits well and if you've a reasonable plant to start with you may be able to get three or four from the one plant.  Also, speeds process up a little  ;D