Boxwood question (wasn't sure where to post this)

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Boxwood question (wasn't sure where to post this)

Post by southern-ct-4 » June 29th, 2020, 3:00 pm

Hi. I know that even if the answer is yes I shouldn't do it now (but should do it in later winter/early spring), but can I cut a boxwood way back?

If I have some that are, for example, 6' tall, but I want them 4' or 5' tall, can I cut back that much? They would likely just be branches at that point. Would they grow back?

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Re: Boxwood question (wasn't sure where to post this)

Post by MorpheusPA » June 29th, 2020, 4:47 pm

Yes, you can cut back boxwoods as hard as you like and they'll regrow. Not that I'd cut them to six inches but...they'd probably manage.

And good news, you can cut them right now just about anywhere in the US and Canada as long as they're not in drought (since it's a bit dry, just make sure to keep them watered every couple weeks deeply through summer). The only time you really shouldn't cut them is mid-fall or later because new growth won't have time to harden off before freeze (they're quite frost-tolerant even when growth is young).

So go. Grab the clippers and cut the boxwood. A weak feeding and watering wouldn't be a bad idea afterwards if it isn't going to rain.

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Re: Boxwood question (wasn't sure where to post this)

Post by southern-ct-4 » June 29th, 2020, 4:50 pm

Awesome, thanks so much!

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