Struggling with a line of Box

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  1. Choiseul

    Choiseul Apprentice Gardener

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    Hi all,

    Trying to get some box growing for a hedge but the middle plants are discoloured.

    If you see the picture attached, the plants at either end are doing well and have a nice deep green colour...the ones in the middle are either very pale or have a few orange leaves.

    Soil is very chalky (SE England) if that matters.

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    Any advice would be hugely appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
    Chris
     
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    Difficult to say but looking at your photo things seem quite dry. You could Mulch around the roots now, and in the spring add a little fertiliser watered in. I am no expert on Box, I use Privet as it 'takes' easy from cuttings, from Fathers house, wonderful man, or layering, it grows and covers well. I have a feeling Box is slow growing.
     
  3. Howard Stone

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    They're fine I think. Just a bit dry -- don't worry. (But be warned, there's a lot of lethal Box disease around, you don't have any yet but you may, there's nothing you can do if it happens. I've stopped growing Box for that reason.)
     
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    Box tends to grow very slowly and I wouldn't be inclined to use it for hedging unless you're happy to wait a long time.

    Yours don't seem to be too bad but they do look as though they need some water.
     
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    If anyone growing Box notices eaten leaves, webbing or caterpillars, Google 'Bacillus thuringiensis' . It's a very effective bacterial treatment (no chemicals involved) that can save a lot of heartache. Also used as a preventative measure.
     
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      pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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      Box naturally grows in chalky conditions I believe, Box Hill etc.

      I've got some box around the garden, grown from cuttings of wild trees.
      I think it grows a bit faster than the varieties you get from garden centres.
      I also wonder if it is more pest and blight resistant as up to now I've never noticed any problems.
       
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