Two round Sempervirens Buxus Ball Plants.

Buxus Balls- Buxus Sempervirens

Buxus Balls- Buxus Sempervirens

Semperviren Buxus Balls, also known as Boxwood Balls, are popular ornamental plants that add a touch of elegance to any garden or indoor space. These evergreen shrubs are characterised by their dense, spherical foliage, which can be easily shaped into various forms. 

Buxus Sempervirens in pots

How to Pot Semperviren Buxus Balls

Potting Semperviren Buxus Balls requires careful consideration of the right container, soil, sunlight, and watering requirements. 

  • Choose a pot with good drainage to prevent waterlogging.
  • Fill the pot with well-draining potting mix, preferably a mix of loam, sand, and organic matter.
  • Place the Semperviren Buxus Ball in the centre of the pot, ensuring it is at the same depth as it was in its previous container.
  • Backfill the pot with the potting mix, gently pressing it down to eliminate air pockets.
  • Water the plant thoroughly after potting, ensuring the water reaches the root zone.

Sunlight Requirements

Semperviren Buxus Balls thrive in partial shade to full sun conditions. In Australian climates, it is best to provide them with morning sun and afternoon shade to protect them from scorching heat. Place the pot in a location where it receives at least 4-6 hours of sunlight per day.

Soil Requirements

These plants prefer well-draining soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0. Use premium-grade potting soil or mix regular soil with organic matter, such as compost or peat moss, and perlite or vermiculite, to improve drainage and nutrient retention.

Watering Requirements

Proper watering is crucial for the health of Semperviren Buxus Balls.

  • Water the plant deeply but infrequently. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again.
  • Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot. Ensure the pot has drainage holes to prevent waterlogging.
  • During hot summer months, increase the frequency of watering to prevent the plant from drying out.
Pruning a Buxus Ball Plant.

Shaping Semperviren Buxus Balls

One of the unique features of Semperviren Buxus Balls is their ability to be shaped into various forms. Shaped plants have been a popular feature in gardens around the world for centuries, not only because they look elegant, but also show the gardener's dedication and care to their craft.

  • Start shaping the plant during its active growth period, which is usually in spring or early summer.
  • Use sharp pruning shears or hedge trimmers to trim the foliage. Ensure the tools are clean and sharp to avoid damaging the plant.
  • Begin by removing any dead or damaged branches, cutting them back to the base.
  • To shape the ball, trim the outer foliage layer, working from the top down. Maintain a rounded shape by cutting back any branches that extend beyond the desired form.
  • Regularly prune the plant to maintain its shape and size. Avoid cutting into old wood, as it may not regrow.

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