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Potting rooted box cuttings

Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,030
Any general advice for when to do this compared to typical plants?

After losing a little under half the cuttings I took last year, the remainder appear healthy. Any ones that shrivelled recently I pulled out and they had some roots but really not much (see photo), that's despite being in the pots since late last Summer. Certainly not likely to be enough to hold a clump of soil very well.

Do I wait even longer before potting individually? Should it take so long?

There are definite signs of growth on a few of them, but not all.


  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,436
    edited April 2020
    Box does take ages to grow from cuttings - l think mine took about 3 years to become a decent size.
    I must say those roots don't look the healthiest,  they are usually a pale whitish colour. I think it may be past redemption, the way the leaves have shrivelled up.
    If l get 2 or 3 successful ones,  l pot them all into one pot so that l get a bushier clump to plant out. 
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,030
    To be clear, I wasn't trying to save any that have gone that way , that photo is just an example of what the roots have looked like on the shrivelled ones.
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,030

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,436
    Sorry Harry, l misunderstood ! 
    The ones in your latest photo look fine to me. If they were only taken last year, from personal experience l'd leave them for another 12 months , when they should be showing signs of strong growth.  I'd pot them on then.
    Others may have different experiences,  but it's a job for the long haul  :)
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,030
    Jeez oh that is the long game!
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,436
    I always remember Geoff Hamilton taking box cuttings on GW years ago, and saying that it took around 3 years. I remember thinking,  "Gawd, l'll never have the patience for that"...guess what ! 😁
    I'll see if l can get a photo later of mine,  they'll be around 3 years old this summer. 
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,436
    Here you go Harry, I'd say they're around 4.5" high. There's 3 or 4 in each pot.

  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    Yip, I remember good old Geof as well - never spent a pound when a penny would do. I too bought I think 2 little box plants at the time and rooted a load of cuttings. Made a little box hedge at my back door - all very cottagey. ANd then it had to come out for building work and I transplanted it else where into a circle. Still going strong to this day. Must be at least 15 years old now so I reckon I got my money's worth as well!

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,030
    AnniD said:
    Here you go Harry, I'd say they're around 4.5" high. There's 3 or 4 in each pot.

    Is it standard to put more than one in a pot? 
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,436
    Don't know to be honest,  l just find it works for me :) .
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