How to Root Boxwood Hedges in Winter


Boxwood hedges are a popular hedge to have around your home, especially in colder climates. They don't lose their leaves in the winter and look attractive year-round. They can propagate through cuttings; by removing part of the existing plant to create a new plant. Propagating can be much easier than trying to grow a plant from seed. By rooting boxwood hedges in winter you can sow new plants outside when spring comes around.

Step 1

Cut off a portion of your boxwood hedge. Use pruning shears to make a clean cut. You'll need a healthy stem with a number of leaves; use a 4-6 inch cutting.

Step 2

Dip the cut end of the cutting into water and then apply rooting hormone. To gauge the proper amount of rooting hormone, first dip the cut end in the rooting hormone, then tap the cutting a few times. This will remove the excess rooting hormone. Place the end of the stem one inch into a quart-sized container filled three-quarters full with sandy soil or sand. Continue this process until all cut stems are in the pot.

Step 3

Water thoroughly until soaked. Cover the cuttings with clear 4 mil polyethylene plastic sheeting and fasten the plastic to the container with masking tape.

Step 4

Keep the cuttings out of direct sunlight and wind. A shaded spot in your yard is ideal. Root development time varies. Check the cuttings weekly by lifting them out of the soil. Remove the plastic from the container when roots are approximately 1 inch long.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Boxwood hedge cutting
  • Quart-sized container with sand or sandy soil
  • Garden shovel
  • Rooting hormone
  • Water
  • 4 mil polyethylene plastic sheeting
  • Masking tape
  • Quart-sized containers


  • Virginia Cooperative Extension: Boxwood in the Landscape
  • Health Recipes: How to Root Plant Cuttings
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