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Pot your cuttings up individually into 10cm pots, giving them a light initial trim with scissors so they grow bushy from the base. Stand the pots outdoors or in a cold frame and keep the plants well fed and watered for maximum growth.
After about two months, the new plants should have rooted fully. Move them into a large decorative pot, filled with loam-based compost. Space the plants fairly closely, so they knit together as they grow, and pinch out the shoot tips to promote dense growth.
Water the plants and apply a liquid feed regularly, so they grow steadily without the leaves going brown. Trim little and often through the growing season with scissors or shears - remove just the tips once new growth has added 2-3cm to the outline.
Box is the ideal topiary plant, and a simple sphere will allow you to try out the basic techniques and see the results quickly.
Within two or three years, you should have a decent-sized sphere. It is essential to feed and water the plants regularly once the pot is full of roots. After two years, top-dress the pot every spring or repot into a larger container using loam-based compost, plus some slow-release feed granules to maintain good growth. By then, a twice-yearly trim with shears should be enough to keep the topiary in good shape.