Plant Care Boxwood

Boxwood

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About Boxwood

‘Vardar Valley’ boxwood is a woody, broadleaf evergreen, perennial shrub or tree in the Buxaceae (boxwood) family. It is one of the most cold hardy cultivars of boxwood and has distinctive blue-green leaves. This dense, mounding shrub can grow 2 to 3 feet in height and 3 to 6 feet in width. It only puts on an average of 2 inches a year.

Taxonomy

Buxus sempervirens
Buxus
Buxaceae
Buxales

Also known as

Common Boxwood, Common Boxwood, Common box, European box, english box and Buxus Ball

How to care for Boxwood

💦 Water

How often to water your Boxwood

Water needs for Boxwood
0.5 cups
every 9

Boxwood needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Boxwood

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Common Boxwood in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Boxwood: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Boxwood love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Boxwood does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Boxwood in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Boxwood

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Boxwood: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Boxwood after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Boxwood is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Common Boxwood →

Common Common Boxwood Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Boxwood prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Common Boxwood Water Frequency →

Common Boxwood Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Boxwood requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Common Boxwood Light Requirements →

Common Boxwood Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Boxwood is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Common Boxwood Toxicity to Humans →


🪴 Soil

Boxwood does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Common Boxwood →

When and How to Successfully Repot Common Boxwood →


💩 Fertilizer

Boxwood grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Boxwood will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

How and When to Prune Common Boxwood →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Boxwood can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Common Boxwood Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Boxwood can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Boxwood

Boxwood

Boxwood


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Boxwood has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 1
Boxwood has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
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