The Baby Gem Boxwood from the Southern Living Plant Collection changes the game for boxwood lovers! The Baby Gem Boxwood lives up to its name, with smooth, glossy, emerald green leaves that are evergreen and crisp all year long. In addition, it features an easily manageable mature size of 3′ tall and wide. Topiary lovers will appreciate this boxwood’s naturally slow to moderate growth habit, which won’t require touch-ups on a regular basis.
The Baby Gem naturally grows in a mound shape, making pruning purely optional. Therefore, carefree gardeners can rest easy knowing that this boxwood won’t go wild on them.
The Baby Gem Boxwood works tremendously well in smaller gardens due to its compact dwarf size, and is ideal in low shrub borders, formal hedges, natural hedges, container gardens, and numerous other applications.
Additionally, you can count on the fact that the Baby Gem is just as deer-resistant as any other boxwood. Furthermore, once established, these shrubs are both heat and drought tolerant.
Baby Gem Boxwood Care
Hardy from Zones 5-9.
Plant in Full Sun in all zones. However, if you are located in a warmer climate, such as the southern US, avoid planting the Baby Gem Boxwood where it will receive all day sun. Afternoon sun gets more and more intense the closer you get to the equator, and may result in unnecessary stress for the plant.
Plant in well-draining soil. Poorly draining soil can easily lead to root rot and the expiration of your plant. Moreover, Baby Gem Boxwoods, and Boxwoods in general, prefer a soil pH range that is neutral to slightly alkaline, somewhere in between 6.5 – 7.5.
After planting the Baby Gem Boxwood, we recommend watering until established, traditionally this takes at least 3 months. This will help your plant access water that resides deeper in the soil, making it more capable of withstanding droughts. Check your plant regularly during this time to ensure that the soil isn’t dry or soggy.
Fertilize in early spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer for best results.