Caring for Boxwood

Instructions: Soil Sample

It is very important to sample the soil to determine the level of nutrients and even more importantly to determine the pH. Without the proper pH, boxwood are not able to absorb the nutrients, even if they are abundant in the ground. I have outlined the steps below in taking a sample and sending it to the VA Tech Extension…read more →

Propagation / Rooting

There are two optimal times of the year to root English Boxwood.  Late February / early March is an excellent time after the major freezes of winter are over and before any new growth comes out in the spring. The other optimal rooting period is late June or early July after the new growth has matured. Our experience of rooting at…read more →

“Proper Plucking” – No, not Chickens – Boxwood

Plucking, the selected removal of stems from boxwood to facilitate air circulation, light penetration and inner growth of leaves, is an integral part of any preventative maintenance program for boxwood.  In addition to fostering the health of the parent plant, plucking provides a source of cuttings for propagation.  See “propagation/rooting.” This paper will focus on the process and benefits of plucking. In…read more →

Digging / Planting Boxwood

Background: As with most tasks, the adequacy and thoroughness of the preparations determine to a great extent the successfulness of the venture. Boxwood have a root system which is very conducive to transplanting. It is fibrous, slightly larger than the drip line of the plant, with a depth of approximately one third the height of the plant.  The most ideal time…read more →

Summer Care of Boxwood

Check newly planted boxwood on a very regular basis especially the ground moisture in the soil surrounding them. The summer can be a very stressful time for boxwood planted during the spring. Check to determine whether they are stressed as indicated by dieback, off-color in the foliage, or a crispy feel to the leaves. Unfortunately, if any of these conditions…read more →

Spring Care of Boxwood

ASSESS EFFECTS OF WINTER DAMAGE IN EARLY SPRING Besides the dryness of summer, winter is one of the harshest times of the year on boxwood. The most severe stress comes from the combination of cold winter winds and frozen ground, thus not allowing water to move up into the plant. Either one of these stresses alone is not as dangerous…read more →