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Box, Box, Box

November 16th, 2015

I talked last week about propagation and how great a skill it is to learn. This weekend I spent a half hour or so taking 100 boxwood cuttings from two different varieties. I’ve been wanting to do this for a few years, but I’ve been forgetting to do it until the garden is covered in snow.
propagating boxwood 1
I have a huge garden now and I need lots of plants to fill it. I’m especially in need of hedges to help tame the wildness of this garden and add a little structure and definition to all the different spaces. While I plan to use a variety of plants for the hedges, boxwood is going to be a main plant because it’s so easy to propagate.
propagating boxwood 2
I have ‘Wintergreen’ and ‘Green Mountain’ boxwood, both look decent without pruning, which is a bonus. I’m not positive that I want a crisply pruned hedge, and I’m not sure how much time I’ll have to actually prune the hedges.
propagating boxwood 3
Generally, I have great success rooting boxwood. It’s much later than I usually take cuttings. These will go in the basement on a heating mat and hopefully that will increase my success rate. If not, I’m not going to lose anything but a bit of time. If I have good success I save myself quite a bundle.
Typically, I take them in August and let them root for a few weeks before planting them in the garden. I have read that they can be rooted directly in the garden, I’ll definitely be trying that next year! Propagating hedge plants is something I need to prioritize when it comes to garden chores, in the coming years I’ll be glad I took the time to get them going.

What did you do in the garden this weekend?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.