Propagating Buxus - Seeds or Cuttings?

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Propagating Buxus - Seeds or Cuttings?

Post by conne.. » Thu, 16 Mar 2000 04:00:00



I would like to grow some buxus for a Garden hegde but do not fancy
buying 300 odd plants. (Too Expensieve) I am in no hurry and thus
thought that it would be fun to grow then from seed. To date, I have
not been able to find a nursery that sells the seed. Can someone please
point me in the right direction.

Cheers,
Michael.

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Propagating Buxus - Seeds or Cuttings?

Post by Dr. Rev Chuck, MD, P » Thu, 16 Mar 2000 04:00:00


Quote:

> I would like to grow some buxus for a garden hegde but do not fancy
> buying 300 odd plants. (Too Expensieve) I am in no hurry and thus
> thought that it would be fun to grow then from seed. To date, I have
> not been able to find a nursery that sells the seed. Can someone please
> point me in the right direction.

> Cheers,
> Michael.

> Sent via Deja.com http://www.deja.com/
> Before you buy.

Cuttings?  The 3 dozen privet twigs I set out last fall are now sending
out leaves, contrary to my most optimistic predictions.
 
 
 

Propagating Buxus - Seeds or Cuttings?

Post by Ewan D. Mil » Fri, 17 Mar 2000 04:00:00


: I would like to grow some buxus for a garden hegde but do not fancy
: buying 300 odd plants. (Too Expensieve) I am in no hurry and thus
: thought that it would be fun to grow then from seed. To date, I have
: not been able to find a nursery that sells the seed. Can someone please
: point me in the right direction.

I have no idea where you can get Boxwood seeds.  But, that probably
doesn't matter because Boxwood is relatively easily propagated by
cuttings.  Last fall, I bought 2 Buxus Sempivirens shrubs for about
$24 USD each, and had no problem taking 300 cuttings.

I would take small (maybe 4"-5") cuttings after giving the plants
a good watering, keep the cuttings moist in a plastic bag while
sticking them one by one in rooting hormone and then in a seed-starting
mixture in individual cell packs.  Around here you can get various
size cell packs that fit in a 10"x20" tray.  Keep the cuttings watered
from the bottom.  A heating mat underneath and a humidity dome on top
will help.  They should root within 3 months.

Where I live (Eastern MA), I took the cuttings at the end of the
summer.  The most difficult part is getting them to root well enough
before it gets cold.  I did this all indoors underneath fluorescent
lights, a 40W "warm" bulb and a 40W "cold" bulb in each fixture.

You will inevitably have some cuttings that do not survive, so you will
want to take more than you will need.

Buxus grows only about 1"-3" per year, so it will be a while before
they make a respectable hedge.

-Ewan