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Collected Boxwood Help

Post  schubed on Wed May 11, 2016 1:34 am

I had the chance to collect this Boxwood that was originally planted as a landscape bush in the mid 70's.  I pruned it back fairly hard in the collection process removing approx. 80% of the leaves.  The attached photos were taken two days after collection.  It grew in a shady spot all those years, and you can see where one side is ramified significantly more than the other side.  The more ramified side received a little more sun.  My question is, what should I do with this tree next?  Should I thin out some of the branches to get it more balanced?  Should it just be left alone for a year or so to let it recoup from the collection process?  





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Post  Marty Weiser on Wed May 11, 2016 4:13 am

Let it recover. One insult per year is enough. If it grows strongly, you can start to prune out some of the branches to bring in a little more light to the interior this year, but I would limit my efforts to that.

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Post  brian soldano on Wed May 11, 2016 4:31 am

Yup recovery. These guys grow pretty dang slow so you won't have a ton of growth to fight off later. I'd give it a year pending how well it grows this summer. If it were mine I'd feed heavily for the next 2 summers then chop it back hard and style spring 2018

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Post  kevin stoeveken on Wed May 11, 2016 6:18 pm

that is one helluva tree you have there...

while it is recovering as advised, i would put it so that the opposite side gets the majority of the sun and perhaps it will balance itself out for you...

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Post  jgeanangel on Wed May 11, 2016 6:57 pm

nice material...just leave it alone other than watering and fertilizing this season and by the end of the growing season it will be a green blob.  Next year start cutting out the ugly and pruning for a silhouette.

I bought 4 of these from an old nursery near my house late last spring....they were not healthy at all...most leaves were yellow...but I took the chance due to a large discount.  After a good pruning and repotting into fresh soil they exploded with growth and by the end of the season looked healthy as ever.  I have worked 2 of them this spring....further reduced the branches and exposed more roots.  I am very pleased thus far..at least 2 of the 4 will be keepers:)

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Post  schubed on Thu May 12, 2016 1:56 am

Thanks for the tips! I will sit tight and let this big boy recover from the collection process. I'll will post updates as things progress.

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