The rather uninspiring period between autumn and winter is actually one of the best times of the year to take Box (Buxus sempervirens) cuttings. All you need to do is remove a strong healthy stem, about four inches long, from a healthy parent plant. Trim the base up to just below a couple of buds and then remove the lower two thirds of leaves. If you have a sandy soil in a sheltered site its possible to place the cutting directly into the ground, however a safer be to would be to use a terracotta pot using a standard potting mix.

Push your cuttings into the compost at the side of the pot - spreading them evenly around the edge. Lable them and water with a dilute fungicide. Over-winter in a cold frame or cool greenhouse then, come the spring, plant out into individual pots. Within a year or so you will have plants of an ideal size suitable for creating new box hedging. Not only would you be saving a small fortune from buying Box plants at your local nursery or garden centre, you will also have the satisfaction of knowing that you produced them yourself.

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Pests and Diseases of Box Hedging
How to Compost
How to Grow Plants
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How to Take Cuttings from Box Hedging
How to Take Honeysuckle Cuttings
How to take Cuttings from Rosemary
How to take Cuttings from Roses
How to Take Geranium Cuttings
How to Take Hardwood Cuttings
The Story and History of Common Box
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Emilio said...

There are lots of hedging plants to choose from when you want to install a garden hedge. One of the best hedging plants is the leylandii. They are known to grow tall very fast and they also grow very thick.

Anonymous said...

Never ever ever ever plant leylandii as a hedge, it is far too vigorous. It will grow in and out of the height you need for a hedge in no time at all. Nothing will grow under it and not much will live in it. It is much better to have privet or beech or other hedging plants.