Boxwood: Cut and maintain boxwood

Boxwood has been used for gardening since antiquity and was first named in Greece Pyxos described. From this derives the Latin buxus as a generic name, which in the Middle Ages and in particular in the Baroque became the German "boxwood".

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Contents: planting and cultivating boxwood

  • Plant boxwood
  • Boxwood hedge: what you should look out for
  • Cut boxwood
  • Rejuvenate boxwood hedge
  • Boxwood Molding: Creative with the hedge trimmer
  • Boxwood Diseases: Cylindrocladium buxicola and the Boxwood Borer

Boxwood is an evergreen, easily shredded shrub that is ideal for use with geometrically defined hedge trims and shrub bushes. Given careful care, boxwood grows so densely that it has considerable resistance and forms a powerfully opaque hedgerow structure.

Originally from the Mediterranean, the plant is also found in northern Iran. Wild boxwood stocks are found in Germany only in Buchswald near Lörrach; The box trees, which are mostly found in nature, are reintroduced.

We will give you an overview of the boxwood plant, give you tips on planting and care and inform you about diseases and pests that can attack the evergreen wood.

Plant boxwood

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Planting boxwood is not particularly complicated: first of all, you should ensure that the root ball is thoroughly infused with water. Place the seedlings in a shallow bowl of water for a good hour or so.

It's best to first take a pH test of your soil: boxwoods do not like it too sour, so if you have a pH below seven, you should mix it with the potting soil. The boxwood ground should be airy, loose and permeable to water and air. If necessary, you should add some topsoil around the planting site, also bone meal or coarse horn shavings are recommended as long-term fertilization.

Take special care that the plant hole is big enough: The roots are very sensitive and the plant has a lot of water. After insertion into the planting hole, the soil must be pressed well; there must be no cavities, as they affect the growth of the boxwood.

Boxwood hedge: what you should look out for

If you want to plant a boxwood hedge, you should use about seven to eight plants per running meter expected. It is extremely important to pay attention to an absolutely straight alignment of the plants; The hedge is otherwise crooked and irregular.

The best planting time for a boxwood hedge is spring or late summer. In any case, in the first few weeks something more must be poured so that the plants grow well.

Unlike some other types of hedges, boxwood can tolerate both its sunny and very shady locations due to its frugality.

Cut boxwood



Boxwood grows extremely slowly, only 10 to 15 inches per year, which makes him a lazy gardener for a very popular hedge plant. For cutbacks, the book behaves extremely uncomplicated; he tolerates almost everything and beats old shoots again.

Only in older box hedges can it come to a low-lignification; However, these hedges can be brought back into shape, rejuvenate more in the boxwood hedge section.

average time is best directly after flowering, from March to October should be cut in hedges, however, only superficially, so as not to endanger the bird brood - experts speak here of the stock protection. Who between 01.03. and 30.09. Radical cutting measures must expect high fines. From August, it should no longer be cut: until the first frost, the time for the plant is then no longer sufficient to seal the interfaces sufficiently and it increases the risk of frost damage.

For the trimming of a boxwood hedge and especially for work on boxwood figures and precisely shaped bushes, a special one is recommended Boxwood scissors, With this can be worked much more precisely on the wiry and dense branches and branches of the boxwood.

Video Board: Prune Boxwood Selectively