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Sad Boxwood 1 year 3 months ago #27786

Over the summer I purchased a small boxwood plant from my local nursery. After re-potting it, I mainly watered it and left it alone (not trying to train it yet).
We had an early cold snap this fall, and I immediately brought it inside, but I fear the boxwood hasn't quite recovered. The leaves are all curling and turning a dull green color. If I touch the leaves, some of them fall off rather easily. Additionally, since bringing it indoors, the top of the soil has started getting little white spots (mold?).
What can I do to help the boxwood survive until the spring? Is there some sort of anti-fungal spray I can use to prevent the mold (or whatever it is)?
I can't post any pictures now (I'm at work), but if pictures would help, I can post some later.
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Sad Boxwood 1 year 3 months ago #27787

finiteInfinity wrote: We had an early cold snap this fall, and I immediately brought it inside


Boxwood doesn't belong inside.

Additionally, since bringing it indoors, the top of the soil has started getting little white spots (mold?).


due to overwatering, probably..

I can't post any pictures now (I'm at work), but if pictures would help, I can post some later.


Pictures would help.
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Sad Boxwood 1 year 3 months ago #27799

I don't remember where i saw this but I did some searching online and it was recommended to bring potted not fully established boxwood plants indoors for the winter to prevent cold damage.

I've been watering it once a week, I guess I'll ease off a bit. Should I worry about the existing white spots? Should I get anything to treat it with?

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Sad Boxwood 1 year 3 months ago #27800

And you believed that why? Box is hardy. As for the leaves could be under or overwatering both look similar. You should water when needed not to a schedule.
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Sad Boxwood 1 year 3 months ago #27801

Is this plant even alive? The plant looks dried out. Are the leaves soft or crispy?
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Sad Boxwood 1 year 3 months ago #27804

The leaves do look pretty dried out
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Sad Boxwood 1 year 3 months ago #27810

The leaves are pretty dry.. A few flake off if I touch them.

It sounds like I'm overwatering because of the white spots on the soil, but it sounds like I might also be underwatering if the plant is drying out.

It sounds like I should put the plant back outside, but it's currently 33F out there, is the boxwood hardy enough for that? I don't want the soil to freeze solid when I water it.

Edit: "And you believed that why?"
I don't have much experience with this. I've managed to keep some Jade plants alive indoors, and wanted to try growing a more 'tree-like' plant.
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Sad Boxwood 1 year 3 months ago #27811

sounds like it is already dead.

Yes. it should be outside. Here in my garden they deal with -20 and don't blink an eye. Main trouble is that you have been keeping it way to warm and dry, so now you will need frost protecten for the next weeks.
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Sad Boxwood 1 year 3 months ago #27816

It's dead.. Sorry for your loss..
Next time you buy a plant, research and learn before killing it..

Also can't stop wondering what this plant is doing on a bonsai forum.. it's just what it is, a juvenile plant in a pot..
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Sad Boxwood 1 year 2 months ago #27841

Like most of my plants, don't look like this, this time of year. Winterize and wait for spring, :unsure:
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