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Yellowing Box Hedge

By Alip @alisonpikeGD

Not long after we moved into our house I decided that in the small border at the front I would plant box (Buxus sempervirens).  The plan being that years from now when it has reached a good size I will train it as a cloud clipped hedge.  For those of you that are wondering what this is….it involves a lot of clipping until your hedge resembles a cloud with all those wonderful undulations.

Yellowing Box Hedge

I’ve noticed recently that they aren’t looking too happy.  On closer inspection the leaves are yellowing, turning a coppery color in places with white tips.  Very often I see plants like this when they are grown in containers and I hadn’t expected it from plants in open ground.  Basically they are short of nutrients and haven’t had enough water (I wrongly assumed all the rain we have had would have been enough!).

Yellowing Box Hedge
I have applied a slow release fertiliser and watered it in with a liquid seaweed fertiliser.   The good news is they should quickly recover as the growing conditions improve.  The border they are in is raised on the far side with a sandstone wall and a silver birch tree to one end, I have clearly underestimated how quickly the border would dry out because this…. you live and you learn,  I will definitely be keeping a closer eye on the watering!

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