Dwarf Box from Willows NurseryCultural Advice
It is important to make sure that the soil does not dry out during establishment.
Spacing : To calculate the number of plants needed for a border edging or a knot garden design, we recommend a planting distance for Dwarf Box of 15 cm (6″) apart. At that spacing they should have filled out sufficiently to close the gaps in between over a period of 2 or so years.
Care & Maintenance : New growth occurs twice a year – in Spring and late Summer – in these two photographs you can see the new growth is a brighter colour than the older leaves. It is also ‘softer’. Once it has ‘hardened off’ – and the colour is the same as the rest of the plant – the plants should be pruned and clipped to encourage compact/dense growth.
Whilst Dwarf Box is fairly slow growing, and your plants might not have yet achieved the size you want, it is still important to trim a little into the new growth – the following growth spurt will then make the plants more dense and bushy.
Once the plants have reached your required size/shape you should trim twice yearly to maintain it.
A balanced general feed is recommended in the Spring, particularly if pot grown as specimens, or closely planted for hedging. A Summer feed to ensure good colour and health would also be beneficial, especially in poorer soils.