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You can take box cuttings in August to September, about 3 to 4 inch stems dipped in some rooting powder or gel if you have any, into gritty compost. by early the next year you should be able to pot them up singly. It takes about two years to get plants the size to plant out .( cut the stems just under a leaf and remove the bottom few leaves or take heel cuttings, I usually do a few of both and just keep them in a unheated greenhouse and most take)
what is a heel cutting please?
The method for taking heel cuttings is described here. The project is about lavender but the principle is the same. A heel is the base of a stem, where it joins the main stem.
It's worth giving it a try - as jeffd says, it doesn't matter if a few fail.
hi jeffd thanks you, i shall try that
Shazzza1 - Please don't ever think that any of us will laugh, we certainly won't. There's no such thing as a stupid question on here, sometimes I ask question, which I think are stupid, but they're honestly not
I made two like this (either side of the door) from cuttings I took myself.
For a trimming guide I bent a couple of pieces of galvanised wire into a circular shape, stuck them in the pot and trimmed the initial form around that.....I removed them after getting the rough shape I was looking for and now do it free-hand.