Baby Gem Boxwood
Buxus microphylla japonica
Growzone: 5 - 9
|1 Gallon Pot||$22.95|
|2 Gallon Pot||$36.95|
|3 Gallon Pot||$46.95|
|Espoma Bio-Tone Plus Starter Plus||$14.95|
|Mature Height:||3 feet / less if trimmed|
|Mature Width:||3 feet / less if trimmed|
|Sunlight:||Partial to Full Sun|
|Habit:||Evergreen, dense foliage|
|Foliage:||New growth emerges bright green changing to dark green|
|Soil Condition:||Any well drained soil|
|Water Requirements:||Water well until established|
Baby Gem Boxwoods for Sale Online
Baby Gem Boxwood is a fine-textured broadleaved evergreen that grows as tall as it does wide. It reaches a maintainable size of 4 feet high and wide. It's a compact boxwood that is excellent for use in smaller gardens. It retains its color particularly well in winter.
Baby Gem Boxwood is aptly named. As popular and lovely as they may be, most boxwood shrubs have a habit of having their shiny green foliage turn to a shade of bronze and even brown, during harsh winter months. Baby Gem Boxwood is an exception, at least when planted in those regions where it is known to be hardy. It maintains its green coloration throughout the four seasons. Considered the classic evergreen shrub. It also naturally stays shorter and more compact than its big brother Boxwood winter gem. Baby Gem Boxwood sets the new standard for the classic hedge plant. Its dense, evergreen growth makes it perfect for shearing into a small, formal hedge. Ideal for defining different spaces in the garden or for a tidy foundation cover-up. It is especially lovely against red brick.
We suggest when planting your newly purchased Baby Gem Boxwood plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is a great starter fertilizer that provides plants with mycorrhizae fungus. It is a naturally occuring beneficial fungus that colonizes on the new growing roots of plants. It creates a barrier between the roots of the plant and fungus and pathogens that can cause root rot. We love this product and use it on all plants we install in our own gardens. Bio-tone is a gardeners best friend and can help guarantee your success.
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Fossilized remains of Boxwood plants date back to over 22 million years ago. In 4000 B.C. Egyptians used clipped box hedges in their gardens, as did Emperor Augustus during his reign of the Roman empire in 27 BC-14 AD. Since those times there has been a rich documented history of the use of boxwood in the landscape. The first planting in the United States occurred about 1653 at Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island, the NW part of Long Island in New York, using boxwood brought over the Atlantic Ocean from Amsterdam. A Latin translation for Buxus is 'box'and the name may have been derived from its use to make small, finely carved boxes known in Greek as pyxos. Buxus is also Latin for flute; it is said that Roman gardener Pliny grew boxwoods for making musical instruments. Dating back to 4,000 BC, Egyptians used clipped box hedges in their gardens. In Britain, three burial sites of the Roman era featured coffins lined with sprays of evergreen box. During the reign of Emperor Augustus, villas were planted with boxwood hedging and topiary, and during the reign of Henry VII, it has been written that Tudor gardens featured clipped boxwood knot gardens with thrift or cotton lavender bordering them.