Hello, We live in southern New Jersey. I have 10 very small boxwood bushes ( 1 gallon ) I currently have them planted in an area where they spend a good portion of the day in the sun. I have had them planted for over 2 years now and they do not look like they have grown at all. Should I consider planting them in the shade? I do not know where the best area would be to plant them so I would appreciate any help you can provide. Thank you!! murph
We had a similar experience with foundation plantings of small yews, that just did not do much of anything for 3 years. (Just in case this might be your soil issue)
Because of the under eave location where the yews were, I believe the soil was just compacted, lacked organic matter and did not allow the roots to spread easily. I dug around the root ball of each of them and incorporated peat moss and top soil to loosen and augment the existing dirt. Big changes after that, they grew well and required trimming yearly. Just a thought.
Murph, boxwood comes in many forms....and I assume your plants are the type that do well as a LOW HEDGE
These are extremely slow growers...which is why they make for such nice hedges...maintenance is so easy....usually a minimal amount of clipping to keep them in a nice compact form .
Please, do not attempt to make them grow more than the genus supports....don't feed them evergreen fertilizer in such attempt. You shouldn't feed plants in any case during heat spells---so that usually says to not feed a plant during summer months.
Boxwood are used where a more formal hedge is wanted such as surrounding a formal garden. I often suggest this particular plant or Hick's or Hill's yew for the same purpose. But box grow much slower and retain their small form.
Boxwoods are known to be slow growing plants, even when planted in ideal conditions. They can tolerate full sun, and depending on where in the world they are may need more sun in the northern territories then down south. While they tolerate a somewhat wide range of soils they will do best in soils with a near neutral (6.2 to 6.8) pH that is well endowed with organic matter and is well drained but evenly moist.
The sign of a good gardener is not a green thumb, it is brown knees.
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