My boxwood is ...okay.. but some limbs just seem to want to make leaves that soon wilt.
But, "the books" say water when dry.
I let mine dry down considerably before I water them. There is a big difference between allowing a boxwood to get dry in a pot and keeping an eye on it than letting it go for days with no water. Boxwood like well drained soil and have very shallow root masses. That means, in landscape use, they can be vulnerable to drought. That's especially true for newly planted boxwood (and any other newly-planted tree). A top cover of mulch helps tremendously for newly-planted boxwood and trees in general. In general, ANY tree that has been in the ground less than two years is going to require watching in dry conditions and watered regularly. Once established for a decade or more, Boxwood are pretty tolerant of droughts. There are boxwood here on pre-revolutionary war historic site (including Mount Vernon, Gunston Hall--George Mason's estate) and a dozen in No. Va. (and all along Va's Piedmont down to Williamsburg) that have original, or hundred-plus year old boxwood allees. Those plants have survived more than a few extremely hot, dry summersI had a beautiful Boxwood that I put in the ground last year to get some trunk growth. I went to Florida for a couple of weeks this spring and N.C. had some 90+ degrees days with no rain. Unfortunately I hadn’t instructed my daughter to water the Boxwood along with my other plants. It didn’t like being dry at all. I lost about 75% of the branches and almost all the leaves. This has set it back at least 3 years. I will never again let one of my Boxwood dry out.
My Boxwood prefer a higher amount of Akadama and a bit of Kanuma in my inorganic mix, as well as bit deeper pots for healthier roots. If anything that retains more moisture. The leaf color is deeper green in the shade, not fond of too much direct sun. But i am working with the Kingsville Boxwood only. Not sure what type you are referring to.well, so far I've ignored "the books" but it's weird. I water daily and it runs through quite nicely.
the scattered leaf problems prompted me to ask.
I guess just continue. It's also turned very hot here and I have put it where it gets screened sun.
Ya put it back in the shade.OK? Just a thought, changing locations also changes care, including watering, requirements. Changing from shade to full all day sun is stressful. Gradual changes might be better.
Hard to tell the weight of pot as it's heavy, thick sided one.A simple way to get the hang of this watering thing is to water the pot thoroughly, until the water runs out of the drainage holes constantly. Allow it to stop draining and dripping. Check the color of the soil's surface--should be dark... Lift one side of the pot. Gauge the weight of that fully-watered pot. During the day, when you're able, take note of the soil's surface and its color and lift the same side of the pot. You're going to have to mentally compare the weight to the fully-watered weight as the day goes on.
This can take a while to master, but it's not all that hard. It's how I water. I've been doing it for a long time. I can tell now just from the weather when trees (boxwood and others) will need watering. I can look at the surface of the soil--if it's light colored, I know I should do a lift test. If it's relatively dark in color, the tree can wait.
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