Mature Box Ball/Dome
Plant width: 130cm
Plant height: 100cm (excluding Oak Planter)
Included with this Box dome is the Oak planter it has been grown in, measuring 1.4m sqaure x 45cm high.
Please note: This item will be delivered by pallet and will need machinery to move it. We can do this for you at an extra cost. Please enquire for details.
Extra Large Buxus sempervirens
Here we have a stunning specimen of the Buxus Sempervirens. This spectacular Buxus ball is a meter in height and a very impressive 130cm in width. This mature dome box ball comes ready-planted in its' own solid oak planter which measures 1.4m square. While this extra-large topiary ball looks fantastic as it is, it could also be easily planted with the aid of machinery and this is something which we could undertake on your behalf, just ask for more details.
Buxus Sempervirens is a worldwide favourite amongst topiarists and gardeners of all ability levels. This huge mature dome is just one of many one-off topiary specimens that we stock here at Todd's Botanics. Our mature Buxus Sempervirens are sourced for a nursery in Holland with whom we've be working closely for many years. Our close relationship allows us to source unique and spectacular Buxus topiary that has been growing for upto 40 years. We can arrange to take clients out there to view and choose bespoke pieces which we can then transport and deliver to the UK. This is an ideal option for Garden Designers and Landscapers but can also be offered to private customers. A perfect option for show gardens at Chelsea Flower Show, Hampton Court Palace and Tatton Park.
Whether you choose a young topiary box ball or a large mature specimen such as this, all of our plants come with detailed care notes to help you keep your plant healthy and reach its' maximum potential in growth and life-span. We also have a large online directory of care notes and if you wish to find out more about how to care for your plant you can view our Buxus Sempervirens care notes.
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Situation Open Close
Box and bay topiary is suitable in full sun, part shade or full shade, watering just needs to be adjusted accordingly. A sheltered site best suits bay in winter, as it is less resilient than box in a very hard winter. Box and bay both suit all soil types apart from waterlogged! In a container, a soil based compost such as John Innes No.3 with added organic matter and coarse grit to aid stability and drainage would be ideal.
Feeding Open Close
Containerised topiary plants rely on you for all their feed and watering requirements. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer such as Vitax Q4 once a month from Apr-Jul. Discolouration of foliage is usually due to lack of feeding - white or orange tips on box indicates potassium deficiency, as does an overall bronzing of the foliage. In both instances feed with Vitax Q4 regularly spring-summer. In bay, yellow leaves would likely indicate a lack of feed too.
Pruning Open Close
As a minimum, prune topiary during early June then again in October to shape it up ready for winter. Alternatively, trim little and often throughout the growing season. It is important not to trim box in hot weather otherwise the cut edges can scorch. It is best to trim bay with secateurs to avoid unsightly cut leaves that will turn brown. Topiary shears or a small hedge-trimmer are ideal for trimming box to shape.
Watering Open Close
Don't rely on rainfall to water containerised topiary; the foliage is so dense that little, if any, rain would reach the soil. Water container grown plants throughout the growing season (Apr-Sept). The frequency depends on the sun/shade situation of the plants and the weather conditions. The symptoms of drought for box are the new growth turning blue and wilting, and the older growth turning yellow/orange. On bay, wilting of new growth is easier to spot. Waterlogging can also be a problem if the container does not drain between watering or sits in water.
Pests and Diseases Open Close
On bay, low numbers of yellow leaves is part of the natural shedding process; these can just be picked off if too unsightly. However, if an excessive amount of yellow leaves appear this can be a symptom of waterlogging; check the compost. Black leaf spots on bay also signifies waterlogging, or old, tired compost, re-pot removing the bottom third of compost by gently teasing out the root ball and also the top 5cm of the compost. The roots can also be lightly pruned to aid re-potting.
Winter Care Open Close
Containerised topiary can be susceptible to a frozen rootball in a very hard winter if the pot is relatively small, ideally move to a sheltered position. Be careful not to trim topiary too early in the season as new growth is very susceptible to frost damage. Late May/early June is ideal for the first trim of the year. Bay are more susceptible than box to winter foliage damage, a sheltered position will help to minimise this.