Bonsai

Boxwood - Buxus harlandii


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this shrub is part of a family native to Asia and Europe, in particular this variety comes from Taiwan, in nature it reaches 12-15 meters in height, but it has a very slow growth. It has smaller leaves than other varieties, oval, dark green, produces small white flowers in autumn; the bark is light brown, very wrinkled and twisted, pleasant to the touch; the branches are very dense and compact; It is a very suitable plant to be cultivated as an indoor bonsai, it does not present many difficulties.

Pruning and exposure



Pruning: it is pruned throughout the growing season, from spring to late autumn, it is good to practice vigorous pruning at the end of flowering. You can apply the wire throughout the year, paying particular attention not to damage the beautiful bark, since the scars disappear very slowly.
Exposure: loves the luminous positions, but not the direct rays of the sun; in summer it can be worn outdoors, protecting it from the sun and excessive heat. In winter it is sheltered inside, possibly near a window.

Boxwood - Buxus harlandii: Other tips



Watering: it should be watered often during the hottest periods of the year, possibly by immersion, leaving the soil to dry well between one watering and another; in winter supply water sporadically, if the environment is very heated vaporize the leaves with non-calcareous water. Supply fertilizer with the water of the waterings, every 10-12 days, from May to September, every month during the rest of the year. Land: the best soil for this plant is made up of a mixture of a part of peat, a part of sand and two parts of clay. The boxwood must be repotted every year, from the beginning of spring to the beginning of autumn, pruning the roots. and peat in equal parts, which must be kept moist. Pests and diseases: the box often suffers from root rot, therefore avoiding water stagnation; it can be attacked by aphids and red spider mites.