Do you like a green hedge for 365 days? Then the Buxus Sempervirens (the meaning of sempervirens is - you may have guessed it - 'always green') is the hedge plant for you and your garden. It is an easy plant that is fine to prune in shape and can withstand shade. The boxwood has a difficult time because of the boxwood caterpillar and boxwood moth, but nevertheless remains very popular. And for good reason. The plant is and will remain very stylish.
When is the best time to plant a boxwood hedge?
The best months to plant boxwood are October to the end of April. Then the plant is well rooted for the summer.
Provide enough water, but not too much either. The boxwood does not like wet feet.
When the plants are well rooted, fertilize the hedge with chicken manure or cow manure pellets. This is best done at the end of February, in May after pruning or in July.
Only in freezing weather you cannot plant a boxwood. The rest of the year you can. Although the plant actually thrives everywhere, it prefers full sun or partial shade.
On average, you need seven plants of approximately 15 to 30 centimeters per linear meter. This will give you a nice, dense hedge.
Advice & Care
- Give the boxwood enough water; but not too much. Wet feet is not ideal.
- Do not prune the hedge plant when the weather is sunny, as the twigs will dry out.
- If you want to keep the hedge or solitary plant in a certain shape, we recommend that you use the pruning shears twice a year. Preferably in the spring.
- A few weeks after planting the boxwood plants, it is important that you prune the hedge to the desired shape. This will prevent it from becoming more difficult to apply the shape you would like at a later date.
- Have you pruned a little too vigorously? It happens to the best. Then there is nothing wrong. However, it may take a while before the hedge is nicely full and closed again.
- When pruning, make sure to keep the pruning shears parallel to the hedge.
- Keep a close eye on the plant so that you quickly spot any fungi or the boxwood caterpillar.
- Give the hedge some extra nutrition in due course: chicken manure or cow manure pellets.
Are you looking for an affordable hedge plant or pot plant that is green for 365 days and hardy? Then the boxwood is a great choice. Do you have any questions or would you like to order these plants? Please do not hesitate to contact us.