Dwarf boxwood hedge: planting, pruning and diseases

Dwarf boxwood hedge: planting, pruning and diseases

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There dwarf boxwood hedge it's a good solution if you want one box hedge that does not grow too tall and is easily adjustable. There are a few dozen varieties of boxwood, but the difference between the dwarf boxwood and the 'normal' one is in size (up to 2-4 meters in height for non-dwarf varieties) and in the habit (bush or sapling). That said, the two most used types for creating beautiful border hedges I am the buxus sempervirens pumila, slow-growing dwarf variety, and the buxus rutundifolia, sapling.

If you have bet on the boxwood it's probably because you want to give your hedge a particular shape. Maybe you have a walkway and you want a hedge to act as a border and divider, or maybe you want to make a plant sculpture like those you see in botanical parks, or a labyrinth in the style of an ancient villa. Well, whatever your project, you are choosing well because the dwarf boxwood hedge it is the evergreen shrub that best lends itself to the hand of the artist gardener. And the seedlings are easy to find on the market, at a good price, even online

Dwarf boxwood plants already developed h. 50-70 cm

Dwarf boxwood seedling in a 15 cm pot

Starting a box hedge

Start one box hedge it does not involve additional difficulties compared to those of another hedge and even the rules for planting the seedlings do not change compared to, for example, the privet hedge. The things to keep in mind are that the boxwood it prefers loose, rather calcareous soils and that the best exposure, given the choice, is that of partial shade. The latter is a fairly difficult requirement to comply with given that we are talking about a hedge, but don't worry: boxwood can grow both in the sun and in the shade. For a compact hedge you need 6-7 plants per linear meter.

Prune a dwarf boxwood hedge

The boxwood dwarf it is a slow-growing, very slow-growing shrub, and the new seedlings take a while to develop. If you have planted a new hedge, after the first phase of development this may be a bit messy, with oversized leaves and branches. No problem, it's time to prune yours box hedge.

The beauty that many seek in boxwood dwarf it is in the ability of this shrub to withstand form pruning. Pruning that can be used both to keep the hedge low and to 'sculpt' it as we said above. And that must be done twice a year: in June and September. Pruning in June can also include more interventions if the hedge requires it and it is the shape pruning. The one in September, on the other hand, is used to help the hedge overcome the cold season well.

Boxwood Diseases

Here opens a delicate chapter given the disasters made in recent years by box borer, or boxwood defoliator caterpillar, the most formidable of enemies. On IdeeGreen we were among the first to deal with the emergency and we gave a series of tips that you can find in our numerous articles on the subject. The other serious threat is the boxwood caecidomy, while for common infections, attention should be paid to rust and root rot. To keep borer and cecidomy under control, biological products based on Bacillus Thuringiensis, in the two varieties Aizawai (particularly suitable against borer) and Kurstaki, work.

Biological insecticide based on Bacillus Thuringiensis var. Aizawai

Zapi larvae and caterpillars of plants (B.T. var. Kurstaki)

Agrobacterias (B.T. Kurstaki)

A healthy and well-fed hedge is better protected against disease. For the boxwood fertilization there are specific products on the market:

Organic fertilizer for boxwood

Video: Qu0026A Whats wrong with my boxwood? Some leaves are yellowing. (August 2022).