Boxwood 'fruit'

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Boxwood 'fruit'

Post  ironman on Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:42 pm

I've seen info that the fruit/flower should be removed-that's the hard, ball-shaped thingy which appears in the spring. Should the whole pod be removed, too or just the ball?
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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:50 pm

The "ball" is what matters, but the whole thing usually just breaks out on my boxwoods using finger pressure.

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Post  JimLewis on Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:50 pm

My large boxwood (B. mycrophylla) is in full bloom now. The small, white flowers, have a surprisingly sweet odor, though you have to get real close to smell it (A la, Ferdinand). I tend to let it bloom and let the nut form. It hasn't seemed to hurt the vigor of the plant at all.

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Post  ironman on Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:25 pm

Thanks very much Billy/Jim.
I'll pluck a bunch of balls on 4, the whole pod on another 4 and see what happens this year.
All of them collected over the past 7 weeks and are 50+ years old. (They were here when I bought the house!)
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Post  JimLewis on Wed Mar 09, 2011 2:01 pm

Actually, they dry out on the tree over the summer into rather interesting little nutlets.

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Post  ironman on Wed Mar 09, 2011 2:08 pm

Thanks...
OK-Pluck 3 - balls only, 3 - whole pod, and 2 - leave alone to see 'interesting little nutlets'.
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Post  JimLewis on Wed Mar 09, 2011 2:18 pm

We're glad you do.

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:32 pm

If they are new collected I would remove the flowers/fruit, etc.

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Post  ironman on Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:37 pm

Thanks...
New plan; remove all on 6, leave balls/pods on 1 and just pods on one...
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