How to Plant a Boxwood


Boxwood seeds produce boxwood hedges, which are composed of upright scrubs that are evergreen with strong leaves. Boxwood hedge is commonly used in gardens and as a decorative piece that can be trimmers with hedge clippers to form shapes. Boxwood can provide greenery and protection all year round but will only live up to at least three years. Also, boxwood can grows from small to tall depending on the species. Some boxwood will only grow to be a foot tall, while others can be 20 feet tall.

Step 1

Wash the boxwood seeds in cool running water and store them in a plastic container. Keep the container on top of your refrigerator overnight. Make sure the temperature is near 75 degrees.

Step 2

Plant the seeds 1 in deep in a pot filled with soil. Water the plant with a 1/2 inch of water and then place the plant on a windowsill so it receives plenty of sunlight. Continue watering two to three times a day for two weeks.

Step 3

Transfer the plant once it has begun to sprout to your garden outside. Plant the boxwood in a hole that is twice as wide but only as deep as the root ball. Fill in the hole with soil and water immediately with 1 cup of water.

Step 4

Continue watering whenever the soil is dry, which may be one to two times a day. Also, you should mulch the area at least every two weeks. Spread organic material such as grass clippings, dead leaves and manure in a 3-inch layer over the soil.

Step 5

Spread 10-10-10 fertilizer over the seed bed during the second year of growth. You should see the boxwood in full growth after a full two years.

Things You'll Need

  • Container
  • Pot
  • Organic material
  • 10-10-10 fertilizer


  • Boxwood Culture
  • Boxwood Hedges
  • Boxwood Shrubs
Keywords: plant boxwood, boxwood hedge, shrubs

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