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Propagating Box, and clipping it small

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by JohnD, 10 May 2010.

  1. JohnD

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    I like the smell of a Box hedge. However the plants seem quite expensive. Is it easy or difficult to propagate, and is it best done with green cuttings?

    Can I keep it clipped to a "step-over" miniature hedge around a border?
     
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    hello,
    to propagate box, you should take cuttings, green ones, about 3-4 inches long in August or September and pot into equal parts peat/sand mix and put in cold frame/greenhouse. Following Spring they should have rooted and then you need to grow on in a nursery bed or individual pots for a couple of years before setting out into permanent positions.

    No, they're not cheap to buy. 'Suffruticosa' is the dwarf form used for stepover hedging.

    All in all, takes a lot of time and trouble. If it was my decision, being impatient, I'd foot the expense and buy them already done :)
     
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    thanks

    does the dwarf one have the same smell?

    how small can I keep a standard box?
     
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    how many are you looking at needing john?
     
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    probably a row about 8ft long
     
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    pm me how many and what size, i might be able to help you out
     
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    you have mail :D
     
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    so do you! :LOL:
     
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    you have more mail!

    (I have been on holiday)
     
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    ill see what i can come up with over the weekend ;)
     
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