Buxus sempervirens - Field-Grown

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Buxus sempervirens, commonly known as common boxwood, is a classic evergreen shrub known for its dense, small-leaved foliage and versatile, slow-growing habit. Its dark evergreen leaves provide a lush, continuous backdrop in gardens throughout the year.

Buxus sempervirens is ideal for formal hedges, edging, parterres, and topiary. Its dense growth habit and ability to tolerate heavy pruning make it a favorite for creating structured garden elements, such as balls, cones, or more intricate shapes. It suits a variety of garden styles, from formal to cottage, and can be used in small and large landscapes alike to add evergreen structure and define garden spaces.

Common box prefers full sun to partial shade and thrives in well-drained, slightly alkaline to neutral soil. It is adaptable to a range of conditions, though it requires protection from strong winds and excessive winter wetness. For hedge planting, a spacing of about 20-30 cm is recommended to achieve a dense, seamless barrier.

Can be kept as low as 30cm in height, but will grow to 1m tall if kept untrimmed.

Field-grown plants are grown directly in open fields, enabling their roots to spread and develop naturally, resulting in larger size, established root systems, and increased resilience. When transporting these plants, hessian, a coarse fabric made from natural fibres like jute, is commonly used to wrap their roots, providing protection during transportation and handling.

Trimming: Trim regularly to maintain the desired shape and size. Prune in late spring or early summer, avoiding heavy pruning during late summer or autumn to prevent frost damage to new growth.

Fertilising: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertiliser in early spring to support healthy growth. Avoid high-nitrogen fertilisers that can lead to excessive soft growth, which is more susceptible to pests and diseases.

Watering: Water regularly during the establishment phase and during prolonged dry spells. Ensure the soil is well-draining to prevent waterlogging, which can lead to root rot.

Pest Control: Monitor for common pests such as boxwood leafminer, boxwood mite, and boxwood psyllid. Use appropriate insecticides or horticultural oil if infestations are detected.

Disease Management: Be vigilant for signs of box blight and root rot. Box blight appears as dark or brown spots on leaves and stems and can be treated with fungicides. Ensure good air circulation and avoid overhead watering to reduce disease risk. Improve soil drainage and remove affected plants if root rot occurs.

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For orders below $250, the following flat-rate delivery charges are applicable:

  • Urban delivery within mainland New Zealand: $19.95
  • Rural delivery within mainland New Zealand: $39.95

We aim to have all orders delivered within 14  days from the order date, unless a different shipping date is specified alongside a product.

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