Transplanting boxwood - instructions and tips

Transplanting boxwood - instructions and tips


Simply digging up the boxwood and putting it back in its new location usually has unpleasant consequences: the leaves turn yellow and the bush can perish. Transplanting always means massive stress for a plant, which can, however, be reduced to a minimum with the right measures. So proceed gently and slowly prepare the book:

  • In the fall, dig a trench around two feet deep around the box.
  • This should make a circle around the plant.
  • The ideal diameter is the approximate height of the box times two.
  • Fill the trench with mature compost.
  • Water the box propagated over the next three weeks.
  • Keep the plant moist, but not wet.

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As a result of this measure, the boxwood will develop a compact root ball in the next few months, the fine roots of which are closer to the plant. In this way, you will damage less roots when digging out and thus reduce stress.

Moving boxwood - step by step

You can move the boxwood from around the end of March. Choose a frost-free day with an overcast sky. Proceed as follows:

  • Dig the trench again, but this time a little deeper.
  • Hold the spade at a slight angle.
  • Loosen the root ball in the soil with a digging fork.
  • Lift out the book.
  • Place the plant in a bucket of water and let it soak in moisture.
  • Dig a new planting hole in the new location, about twice the size of the root ball.
  • Mix the excavated material with compost and, if necessary, sand.
  • Make sure that there is good drainage in heavy soils to avoid waterlogging.
  • Put the plant in, taking care not to crush the roots.
  • Gently press the soil into place.
  • Water the box well and make sure there is an adequate supply of water for the next few weeks.
  • Mulch the box with compost and horn shavings. (€ 6.39 at Amazon *)
  • Cut back the above-ground parts of the plant by a third.

Larger specimens should also be planted together with a plant stick, to which they are tied until they finally take root and thus fixed.

Boxwood gets yellow leaves - why is it?

If the replanted boxwood suddenly turns yellow leaves after a few days or weeks, the existing roots are no longer sufficient to supply the plant. In this case, you would have to cut back the book by at least a third, water it vigorously and, if not already done in the course of transplanting, fertilize it with compost and horn shavings.


Make sure to place the box in an airy and not too warm location - pests such as spider mites can quickly nestle here.

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