The Buxus – Here at GardenAdvice we have been receiving numerous questions about the Buxus or Box Plant.The Buxus plant is a fine textured evergreen shrub that tolerates pruning and shearing well.Buxus or Boxwood as it is popularly referred,requires well drained soil,shading,wind protection and constant or even moisture levels,but is also known to adapt to average or poor soils.
Foliage, Flowers and Fruits – The foliage of the Buxus ranges from medium green to dark green and has short petioles that lead to a grooved midrib,in some forms turn a drab olive or yellowish brown.In late April early May cream coloured inflorescences are present with somewhat a pungent scent that attracts many bees.One can also observe an insignificant black seed that can occur within a brown capsule though not an often sight.
Repotting Buxus – The Buxus is known to have a slow growth however can eventually grow up to 12 meters and in event that you need to repot your Buxus easy steps can be followed and all should be well.When repotting wrap the top of the plant with an old sheet or towel to protect it,then place it in a new pot on top of new compost so old root ball sites can be covered. Once this is done compost can be pushed around the side of the pot and the root ball followed with a good soaking.The use of ‘John Innes number 2 compost’is highly recommended here at GardenAdvice,it is easy to maintain and provides the required moisture.Your Buxus should then continue to grow without any problems.
Growth and Maintenance – The Buxus is a slow grower and tends to thrive best in shady conditions.It usually maintains a dense,formal appearance even without pruning and is easily shearable into different shapes.As of all plants diseases can occur,Buxus can encounter root rot or air pollution to name a few but most of which are minor and have minimal impact.
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