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How should I style this boxwood!

Post  Tayler James on Tue May 01, 2012 1:46 am

hi guys! great forum here! I have recently purchased a boxwood (buxus sempervirens) shrub from home depot. it came in a #2 pot and I looked good and long through all of them looking for good nebari and trunk line. I was just wondering what you guys thought of it and how you would proceed to prune and train. any and all opinions welcome! thanks so much!



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Re: How should I style this boxwood!

Post  JimLewis on Tue May 01, 2012 12:34 pm

It needs to be repotted in better soil and planted deeper in the pot. The growing-on-stilts image, when the stilts are as straight as these is a bit unattractive. If it's not too late because the wood is so hard, if the roots could be wired and spread out a bit that would make planting it deeper easier and the base look a lot better.

Beyond that I'd do nothing more to it this year than keeping it alive.

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Post  Tayler James on Wed May 02, 2012 2:00 am

thank you so much for the speedy response! i would love to spread the roots out and flare the base, i just wasnt sure if could because ive read that the boxwood is quite brittle. now if i was to spread the roots what would be the best way to spread them and keep them apart? also when i repot it i plan to make a box of wood as deep as a 2x4 and about 10 inches by 10 inches. does that sound like a reasonable thing to do? sorry for so many questions this is my first tree i plan to do from nursery stock! again thank you for the great response!

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Wed May 02, 2012 2:16 am

I think you grow box will be great, remember 2x4 is really 1 1/2 x 3 1/2.

How to spread roots? You could try heavy wire or a stone shoved up under the center and then the plant planted deeper, over a couple of years the stone could be push further up or a larger stone used. If you could repot twice a year you could adjust the stone that often, I thinking in three years you might see some great results.

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Post  Tayler James on Wed May 02, 2012 10:41 pm

thank you! the stone sounds like a perfect idea! i was thinking about a piece of wood but rot would become an issue. im going to make my box tonight and get some sharp river sand and some organic mix. i hope to have some pictures up by tomorrow with the progression! again thank you so much for the help!

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Post  Tayler James on Sat May 05, 2012 9:01 pm

well i have repotted this tree. i made the box i mentioned earlier. i spread the roots with a rock and im excited to see it in a few years!
i also went out and bought another tree haha. another boxwood and it was from walmart. it cost the same as the first tree but was about 3 feet tall. much thicker trunk and i had to have it! now i just have to figure out what to do with it!
anyways here are some photos of them!

the original tree i posted.



and the new tree i just recently bought.





and just for fun all 4 of my trees!

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