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Buxus sempervirens - Box

Buxus sempervirens (Box) seeds

£1.70

Classic, evergreen, dense shrub traditionally used for hedging and topiary. Its tightly packed, small, green leaves and slow, even growth (15-20cm/year) make it very easy to trim to any shape. Suitable for a wide range of conditions, including shade, its only dislikes are very wet or windy sites. Get creative and sculpt your box into a host of shapes!

Hardy Shrub
Flowers: Small yellow flowers in late winter
Height: to 3m but trim to any size or shape
Position: Any except very wet or windy

Packet of 50 seeds

 


GROWING GUIDE

 Pre-Sowing Instructions: Soak the seeds for 24 hours.

Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of the year. Sow in pots or trays in a moist, peat-based seed compost mixed 50:50 with vermiculite or perlite and just cover the seeds with sieved compost. Seal in a polythene bag and place in the fridge or other cold place between 2-5C for 6 weeks. Keep checking to make sure the compost doesn’t dry out and for any seeds which have germinated.

Move to a propagator or shaded windowsill and maintain an optimum temperature of 15-20C. Germination can be slow and erratic but should occur after 3-6 weeks. As the seedlings emerge, gradually increase ventilation by opening the bag or propagator vents.

Growing Instructions: Grow the seedlings on in cooler conditions with plenty of light, but shaded from direct sun, repotting as necessary and keep the compost just moist at all times.


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