Boxwood - Buxus
Growth on the dwarf varieties of boxwood is very slow making it a great subject for those who don’t have much time for pruning and shaping. This bonsai can be wired at any time and is very is tolerant of radical treatments, such as jinn, shari and being grown in root over rock styles. Control shape by thinning and by pinching off most of unwanted new growth.
The easy to maintain Boxwood bonsai is not picky about lighting conditions and easily tolerates both sun and shade.
All boxwoods need protection from frost and cold winds even when grown in the proper climate. Thus, it is important to either place in a cold frame with ample root protection, or bring indoors once weather begins to show signs of frost. In the summer, your boxwood will enjoy being brought back outside as it appreciates fresh air.
You will want to feed this bonsai every two weeks during the active growth seasons.
This bonsai can be wired at any time and is very is tolerant of radical treatments, such as jinn, shari and being grown in root over rock styles. Control shape by thinning and by pinching off most of unwanted new growth.
The boxwood bonsai enjoys moderate moisture levels, but does not like wet soil. It is fairly drought tolerant and will need to dry somewhat between watering.
Boxwood is hardy down to about 20 degrees. Once temperatures reach freezing the leaves can turn yellow. This will be corrected in the following Spring as the leaves will turn green again.
You can repot your boxwood every two years in the Spring, though there is a lot more leeway allowed than with a deciduous tree. It can also be repotted in the summer or fall if needed, though you would want to avoid repotting during the hottest months. You also want to keep developed bonsai slightly root bound to keep the leaves from growing too large with vigorous growth.
Although your boxwood bonsai is very disease and pest resistant, honey fungus and rust are sometimes encountered. Proper health can be usually maintained with proper soil and water conditions. It is also prudent to ensure that this bonsai is free from dust. A little tender loving care will go a long way with this hearty plant allowing you to enjoy years of pest free enjoyment.
You can propagate your boxwood bonsai with hardwood cuttings taken in late summer or autumn.
One note of caution: box leaves are poisonous, and eating even a few can kill a small pet. As such, be sure to always keep this bonsai out of a child’s or animal’s reach.