JAPANESE BOX – Buxus microphylla var. japonica
A faster growing variety of the evergreen shrub. A very hardy Buxus, ideal in warmer climates, as it tolerates heat better than other varieties. Needs more trimming to keep compact. Requires little water once established. Thrives in a wide range of soils and conditions but prefers a sunny, open position in moist, well drained soil.
Height: 0.5 – 2.0m Width: 0.5 – 1.0m
Hedging, Edging, Container Plants and Topiary.
For hedging, plant Buxus approx 15-30cm apart, except for the dwarf forms which should be planted approx 15cm apart. Use premium potting mix when planting in containers.
Buxus can tolerate a range of soils, but the soil must be free draining. If hedging, the soil must be well dug and heavily enriched with organic matter to ensure the plants thrive. Buxus like a PH of 6.5 to 7.5 PH. They don’t like acidic soil.
Best in full sun, but will grow in partial shade.
Pruning and shaping may need to be done several times during the growing season (spring/summer).
Water regularly after planting until established. Be careful not to overwater, as Buxus do not like too much water, or soggy soil.
Feed in Autumn/Spring with a complete fertiliser. Use a Dolomite Lime to neutralise the soil, as Buxus do not like acidic soils.
PESTS & PROBLEMS:
Bronze or Yellowing Leaves – Is normally due to a lime deficiency within the soil and will require the use of Dolomite Lime.
Scale – Treat with White Oil.
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