How to Prune a Sarcococca Hook Humilis
Should you prune Sarcococca?
There is no need to prune Sarcococca at all. Providing the soil remains a little moist, and they have shelter from cold winds, they will grow almost anywhere including full sun if required.
When can I prune Sarcococca?
Garden care: In late winter or early spring lightly trim or prune back shoots that spoil the plant's symmetry. After pruning apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted compost around the base of the plant.
How do you look after a Sarcococca plant?
Sarcococca are best planted in moist, well-drained soil of chalk, clay, sand or loam within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. These shrubs are best positioned in full shade or part shade, although full sun will be tolerated if placed in exceedingly damp soil.
How do you prune a sweet box plant?
Top dress around the root zone with good compost and, in cold regions, use an organic mulch to protect roots from icy conditions. If you choose to prune the plant, wait until flowering has ceased and cut the stems back in spring.
Can you shape Sarcococca confusa?
Sarcococca confusa and S. hookeriana var. digyna (Christmas box or sweet box) are suckering shrubs. After flowering they need only light pruning to maintain shape, but in late winter it is necessary to remove suckers to avoid the plant colonising outside its allotted space.
When should you fertilize Sarcococca?
Fertilize in spring with a complete organic fertilizer. Propagation Methods: Sow seed into containers in spring or autumn and place in cold frame.
When should I feed my Sarcococca?
Feed every spring with a balanced granular plant food. Those suitable for camellias and rhododendrons are a good choice, especially in alkaline soils. Mulch around plants in spring with a 5-7.5cm (2-3in) thick layer of organic matter, such as compost, composted bark or well-rotted manure.
How big does Sarcococca grow?
Very fragrant, tiny white flowers with pink anthers from January to March, followed by tiny black berries. Height to 6ft (1.8), spread to 5ft (1.5m).
How do I look after my Sarcococca winter gem?
Sarcococca Winter Gem is an easy, low maintenance shrub. They thrive in shade rather than the sun, either moderate or dense shade is fine. Once established they are very tough and drought tolerant although they do appreciate a generous mulch in spring.
How do you fertilize Sarcococca?
Look for a fertilizer that has phosphorus, P, in it(the second number on the bag.) Apply recommended amount for plant per label directions in the soil at time of planting or at least during the first growing season. Established plants can benefit from fertilization. Take a visual inventory of your landscape.
Can you topiary Sarcococca?
Sarcococca tends to be slow-growing, so buy plants as big as you can afford or be prepared to be patient while it reaches the sizes listed above. What else can it do? It can be clipped into topiary shapes as an alternative to common box (Buxus sempervirens).
Does Sarcococca make a good hedge?
Sarcococca hedging is an extremely good small hedging plant which has become increasingly popular in recent years as an alternative to Box hedging. It is evergreen and produces elliptic taper pointed dark green leaves and grows well in many situations.
How do you care for Sarcococca confusa?
It's extremely tolerant of shade and is therefore perfect for growing in a woodland border or shady corner, where you can enjoy its heady fragrance throughout winter. Grow Sarcococca confusa in moist but well-drained soil in sun or shade, ideally near a path or in your front garden, where you can appreciate its scent.
Is Sarcococca an evergreen?
This wonderful, winter-flowering, dense, evergreen shrub is perfect for a shady border or woodland garden. To fully appreciate the fabulous, vanilla-like fragrance plant in moist, well-drained soil close to an entrance or path.
How quickly does Sarcococca confusa grow?
Sarcococca confusa (Sweet box) will reach a height of 2m and a spread of 1m after 5-10 years.
Which is the best Sarcococca?
The most desirable of all, however, is S. hookeriana var. digyna 'Purple Stem'. It is upright and compact, with fine foliage, young stems flushed a purple-pink and flowers tinged with the same hue.
Is sweet box an evergreen?
Sarcococca confusa - Christmas Box
Also known as sweet box for its lovely winter scent, Sarcococca confusa is a small to medium-sized, slow-growing, evergreen shrub with a dense, rounded habit. The small, oval pointed leaves are a deep, glossy green.
Why are my Sarcococca leaves yellow?
Yellow leaves on plants are often due to watering or nutrient deficiency.
What does Sarcococca smell like?
Christmas or sweet box, Sarcococca confusa, is a wonderful shrub to have in the garden. Robust and easy to grow, it can be grown in shade or sun, and the evergreen foliage can be clipped into shapes or hedges. Best of all, vanilla-scented blooms appear from December to March.
Is Sarcococca Winter Gem Evergreen?
During the winter this amazing glossy evergreen Sarcococca Winter Gem is smothered by highly fragrant honey-scented white flowers; each one emerging from a deep red bud. It is perfect for borders and containers, or as a low fragrant hedge.
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|Height & Spread||30 - 60 cm x 60 cm 6 years|
How do you grow winter stone Sarcococca?
Grow sarcococca in any moist, well drained garden soil in a sheltered position, in semi-shade or shade. Christmas box will tolerate full sun provided that the soil remains moist. Alternatively grow sarcococca plants in patio containers using soil based compost such as John Innes No. 3.
Is it too late to prune box?
Boxwoods can be trimmed at any time of year, but, for plant health, it's best to avoid shearing in the late fall. The new growth that appears after trimming boxwood bushes may not have time to harden off before frost. Shearing or trimming may be done with hand shears or with electric hedge clippers.