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hi how do you get box cuttings i have few box i love them i am a beginer so dont laugh please.

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hi how do you get box cuttings i have few box i love them i am a beginer so dont laugh please.

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?

Emma Crawforth

Hello cloud8,

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.

Emma

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hi jeffd thanks you, i shall try that

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Can you give me some advice on sizing of containers for box balls. I have recently bought 2 x 26cms plants and the pots I like measure 32cms at the top(plant pot shape) and are approx. 45cms high.
I have recently bought two 26cms box balls. I have also bought two pots for them. The top measures 32cms and they are approximately 42cms in height. Is this sizing ok for the size of plant ?

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 

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