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Need boxwood hints, tips and comments

Post  David D on Tue Sep 20, 2011 4:34 pm

I recently aquired 2 boxwoods at a nursery at the clearance rack while out of town. They both had been damaged and were not perfect for landscaping but looked otherwise healthy. I live in zone 4 and hardiness on the plant tag says zone 5. I need comments regarding when to style, how to overwinter and the like. These are real nice looking trunks, one is5cm and the other 6. I have read conflicting posts as to time of year to style and find little information on over wintering. Any comments are appreciated.

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Re: Need boxwood hints, tips and comments

Post  Russell Coker on Tue Sep 20, 2011 4:47 pm

Are we talking about B. sempervirens or microphylla????? Don't know if it matters, but it never hurts to be specific when you're asking for advice. Since I'm in zone 8b, I can't offer much help other than to say that sempervirens dies down here for the opposite reason as to your cold hardiness question.

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Re: Need boxwood hints, tips and comments

Post  David D on Tue Sep 20, 2011 5:11 pm

Sorry it is a microphylla japonica

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Re: Need boxwood hints, tips and comments

Post  drgonzo on Tue Sep 20, 2011 5:22 pm

Do NO styling now its simply too late in the season, Just leave it as you bought it. You will need to provide it winter protection, my Koreana lives in an un-heated greenhouse for the winter with a cheesecloth draped over it so the foliage doesn't burn when I get the (rare) sunny day. I believe you need to provide light during winter seeing as its an evergreen. So Its a cold frame or a enclosed porch kinda thing your looking for, Iris would know more about the specifics.
-Jay

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