Buxus/ Boxwood Bonsai Indepth Guide

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Promoting Ramification in Boxwood

Healthy Boxwood respond well to partial defoliation as new buds swell through the growing season.

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Remove all but the last leaf pairs on a shoot as the new buds swell at the shoot tips. New shoots will then emerge from the leaf axils at the points where you have removed the leaves. (See above)

The result of the leaf thinning is that there will be a greater number of shoots, all with smaller leaves. The foliage can be thinned from early June onwards as new buds swell and begin to extend.

Wiring

Once new buds have extended but before they start to harden, wire can be used to shape new branching while they are still pliable. Once older shoots harden they are impossible to wire properly without snapping as they become very brittle. Wire the new shoots loosely (air-wiring) and check often to make sure that the wire does not cut into the soft new bark.

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