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Multiply boxwood by propagating cuttings


A boxwood is usually really expensive. Therefore it can be helpful to know how to increase it. For example, this works relatively easily via cuttings.

Box trees can be propagated through cuttings

We all know the box tree, or should we say the box tree? Because it takes a very long time for a boxwood to really grow. If you are lucky, it will grow 10 to 15 centimeters a year.

If you want to multiply your boxwood, the best way to do this is to use cuttings. To do this, you always have to choose a book that is already strong and quite large, because this way the plant is not weakened and the cuttings have an easier time taking roots.

When is the right time to multiply cuttings?

The best time for propagation is in late summer (late August). You can also multiply the boxwood in this way until October. At this time, the new shoots are already well wooded, which makes them not so susceptible to fungal diseases. When it comes to propagation itself, you have two options. Either you put the cuttings directly into the bed or in a greenhouse or in a nursery.

Multiply boxwood cuttings in the garden bed

1 Cut branches about 10 centimeters long from the boxwood. Where the bark of the branch has turned slightly brown. This is an indication that the lignification process has started. These are the perfect cuttings. If they are still too young and green, they will rot quickly. If they are too woody, they are difficult to form roots. After cutting, place the cuttings in a water glass.

2Then you have to remove all leaves from the lower third and cut the stem straight. Then shorten the top end of the cutting by about a third.

3Now it is advisable to dip the cuttings in some rooting powder so that the root formation is stimulated. We recommend e.g. Neudofix root activator from NEUDORFF. It is algae flour.

4If the shoot is very strong, you can put it directly into the garden soil. To do this, select a shady spot in the bed and dig it up. Then sprinkle some plant soil and work in flat with the cultivator. Then insert the cuttings into the soil until just below the first leaves. Finally, water and keep the soil moist. In addition, cover it with a protective fleece in winter when there is heavy frost. Finished!

Possibility 2: multiply boxwood in the greenhouse

However, if you opt for the variant with the indoor greenhouse or nursery, then you must now insert the cuttings into the subrat. A peat-sand mixture in a ratio of 1: 1 has proven itself here. It is best to plant the cuttings in small peat pots. This way you do not have to separate them later when they have grown. If you still have to buy a breeding station, you can get it cheaply on the Internet. Most stations are supplied complete with growing pots, soil and fertilizer. You will find corresponding sets e.g. on amazon.

5Place the small pots with the cuttings in the nursery. Then pour well, close with the hood and place in a partially shaded place in the garden. If there is a risk of frost, it is better to set up in a cool room in the house.

6If you regularly ventilate the greenhouse and also make sure that the soil is always moist, roots will form after only a few weeks. In spring you can then plant the cuttings in the bed. If the boxwood is later large enough, you only need to use garden shears and cut the boxwood regularly.