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Boxwood Bonsai Care Guide

November 21, 2017

 

Boxwood - Buxus 

Pruning:

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. 

Sun:

The easy to maintain Boxwood bonsai is not picky about lighting conditions and easily tolerates both sun and shade.

Temperature:

All boxwoods need protection from frost and cold winds even when grown in the proper climate. Freezing temperatures can damage the leaves and turn them yellow. They will turn green again in the Spring. If preserving bonsai for a show or wish to prevent yellowing you can protect from freezing temperatures. 

Feeding:

You will want to feed this bonsai every two weeks during the active growth seasons. 

Wiring:

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. 

Watering:

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.

 

Repotting:

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 refined bonsai slightly root bound to keep the leaves from growing too large with vigorous growth. 

Pests:

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.

Propagation:

You can propagate your boxwood bonsai with hardwood cuttings taken in late summer or autumn. Softwood cuttings can be taken in Summer  

Additional Comments:

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.  

 

To learn about specific species and their care head to my Bonsai Information page