How to feed buxus

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How to feed buxus
Buxus plants serve as hedges, boundaries and topiaries. (Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Buxus sempervirens, or the box plant, grows as a bright green bush plant commonly used in topiary and other decorative landscaping designs. Buxus can grow nearly anywhere, in most types of soil, and both in sunlight and light shade. To produce healthy buxus plants that can withstand the heavy pruning of topiary work and keep up its green colour, you must provide adequate food plant food, also called fertiliser. Water-soluble liquid fertiliser, applied regularly, is extremely effective food for buxus.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Liquid plant fertiliser
  • Water
  • Pump sprayer

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  1. 1

    Mix liquid plant fertiliser and water according to the specific product instructions. Use a balanced, all-purpose fertiliser; buxus does not require extra types of nutrients.

  2. 2

    Spray the soil surrounding the buxus plants with the recommended amount of fertiliser every two weeks during the growing season, which is generally from early summer to early fall.

  3. 3

    Apply the final dose of fertiliser before the first frost of the season. Do not fertilise the plant during the winter, since new growth will not be able to withstand cold weather. Begin the feeding regimen again after the final frost of the year in the spring.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not apply more fertiliser than is recommended. Over-fertilising can discolour leaves and stunt growth.

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