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Propagating a buxus plant


 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 2:41 pm    Post subject: Propagating a buxus plant Reply with quote

Hi guys.

I've a pretty strong box plant that has grown all straggly and I've been meaning to attempt to take some cuttings from it with a while now. So whats the best way to propagate and when is the best time ?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A good time to take cuttings of box is from now until the end of November in the open or cold frame. use either a heel or a straight cut across, length 4-6 inches (10-15 cms) and inserted half their length.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that Michael, how many leaves should be left on the cutting or is there any need to remove them. Tis a day for inside work today Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

leave all the leaves on but press the cuttings well into the soil so that the cutting is in contact with the soil.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

leave all the leaves on but press the cuttings well into the soil so that the cutting is in contact with the soil.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okey dokey, thanks again Michael
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:21 am    Post subject: a year later Reply with quote

Hi Foxylock

I know I'm resurrecting an old post here, but I'm wondering did you give this a go and if so how did you get on? What sort of strike rate did you get?

I'm planning on planting a box hedge and I'm considering just using cuttings in situ.

Thanks in advance,

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well Tailspin,

I had a shot at it but the results were less than impressive, everything seemed fine initially, the slips stayed a good healthy colour and roots were even emerging. But then my luck left me and the casualties mounted up almost daily. I certainly lost eighty percent of the plants, but don't be disheartened by my sob story it's worth having a go and best of luck with it.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a glass half empty answer if I ever heard one! At least 20% survived Smile

I might put a few spares in a cold frame then (note to self - make cold frame) to replenish any losses.

Many thanks for the prompt reply.
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