green tower boxwood
I am on a small top floor condo in central coastal CA near Monterey area. (I saw that PlantersPlace address is in Bloomington where I went to school and grew up in lush greenery. I think I am always trying to make alittle of that happen here!!)
I have decks, no ground, so containers only.
Front deck is SW facing, but with entry eave and high hill in front of the complex, it only gets around 5-6 hrs of afternoon-evening sun.
Side deck, SE, is .completely open, full sun until late afternoon.
For 10 or so years 3, 7-8ft. italien blue cyprus in pots added a dark green foresty note, then got too shaggy so found a new home in someone’s privacy hedge. None of the beautiful flowering things that I tried , did well. I am reluctantly learning to apppreciate succulents, but they ain’t no peonies, dahlias or hydrangeas.
After “clearing the decks” again 18 months ago, I bought ($!!) 3, 4-5 ft. Monrovia green tower boxwood for the now vacant “tree corners”–2 on side deck 1 on the front. I transplanted the 2 into 20″ diam by 17″ hi pots with new potting soil. The one in the front is still in it’s 5gal growers pot. They all have good drainage. None of the 3 are doing well . Wimpy green with sprinklings of yellow, orange or brown leaves throughout, has flowers/ seeds, but little if any new growth. They have gotten some Miracle grow solution every 2-4 weeks. But since they looked poorly I did not want to overfertilize.
Someone said spray with epsom salt sol. 1T/gal. Sprayed the foliage on Sun. Bought Osmocote on Mon. and yesterday (Wed.) applied 1 scoop (3T) to each of the bigger pots and 1/2 scoop to the boxwood that is still in the growers pot.
All suggestions or advice will be welcome I am wondering if I just need to find someone to help me repot with new or different soil…?? I think of boxwoods as being a not-picky workhorse of plants!! Help!
Thank You so much,
Before I ordered, the rep said the Osmocote plus pink bag would be 19-6-12. He even went back to look.
Mine says 15-9-12. Why is that – and what would work best for me? Oh, and it says for all plants, would dosage be the same for the succulents
Posted by Kathleen Wiberg on September 29, 2019