How to care for a Buxus bonsai

On this page you will find the specific care you should know to know how to care for a Buxus bonsai, you can expand this knowledge in How to care for a bonsai.

The genus Buxus belongs to the Buxaceae family. They are slow-growing evergreen trees. They are scattered all over the globe. Species B. Harlandii is native to Taiwan, while B. Sempervirens is very common in southern and central Europe.

How to care for a Buxus bonsai
Buxus' bonsai

How to care for a Buxus bonsai


Resists low temperatures as long as they do not freeze the roots. To ensure that the tree enjoys adequate vigor, the best situation, especially in times of growth, it is outside in full sun. Inside, it is advisable to steam the glass frequently.


Let the substrate dry between waterings, since the puddling and consequent excess water in the roots can mean the appearance of fungi that cause the rot of the lower part of the trunk, being able, sometimes, get to kill the bonsai.


The subscriber is necessary in times of growth, but inadvisable in the hottest months; even so, it is a species that does not require too intense a fertilizer. In autumn you need a slightly higher dose of fertilizer, while the rest of the year a minimum but constant subscriber can be maintained.


The Buxus is a tree that produces a large number of roots, so it is necessary both its transplantation and the release of part of the root mass. Usually, the tree is transplanted every 2 oh 3 years. The best time to do it is in spring, before the appearance of new shoots.


Like most broad-leaved evergreen trees, the species of the genus Buxus have to be clamped once the tender shoot has formed 7 u 8 leaves. At that moment,the shoot is cut from the second new leaf.

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