Planting and Cultivation

Before planting, thorough cultivation in dry weather is needed to get a good soil composition. Walking on ground that is too wet can cause structural deterioration and prevent enough oxygen reaching the roots. Digging the ground deeply will make sure that compacted layers of soil are broken down and that the roots can grow satisfactorily. You should also increase the humus level in the soil by adding garden compost or well rotted manure. On average you need two or three m³ per 100 m², depending on the type of soil. When the soil is too acid (low pH value) you should add seaweed calcium at a dose of 10 to 15 kg/ 100m². The structure of the soil is improved by calcium and it will make Buxus grow better. Buxus is a calcicole plant.

The time of planting depends on the plant type. Plants with bare roots can be planted from October until the end of April. Plants with root balls can be planted from October until the end of May. Plants that are pot grown can be planted throughout the year without any risks. During the summer period you will, however, have to water them generously. You do need to watch out for:

Plants with bare roots

the roots must never dry out. They need to be protected with a plastic sheet of hessian sacking at all times and especially during transport. They need to be planted or heeled in immediately. This means digging in the entire bundle in the ground so it can be planted at a later date.

Plants with root balls or wired rootball

the root balls must not dry out. They need to be protected against bad weather by covering them or digging them in. The piece of gauze does not have to be removed. The roots will grow through them without difficulty and the cloth will be broken down in the ground.

Pot grown plants

they can be planted throughout the year without any risks. During the summer period you will, however, have to water them abundantly.

TIP: after planting you should water them once very thoroughly to make sure the soil settles around the roots, eliminating air pockets.