1. How Do I Propagate Holly From Cuttings

Asked by katykat - March 18, 2012

How do I propagate holly from cuttings?

2. What Is Causing the Black Stained Leaves on Holly Bush?

Asked by sugar bear - March 18, 2012

The black stained look is on the glossy side of the leaf. Only a small speck or two show on the back side of the leaf. The leaves are falling off. The berry buds and flowers are plentiful. The weather has been erratic with heat in the 80s this past week. We have not had a deep cold spell for a while. The tree is in the center of our recently replaced deck. I would also like to know how to keep it healthy. Thanks for your help.


3. My Holly Bushes Are Not “Looking So Good” After the Winter

Asked by wilson - March 30, 2012

My four year old female holly bushes are not looking so good after I took the winter tenting off of them. There seems to be a lot of dead leaves, over most of the bush. . . . are they completely dead? Should I prune off all of the dead leaves (which is most of the bush?) Any suggestions?

  • Yes, you can prune out the dead growth. In fact, you can cut the plant back by a third of its growth to help rejuvenate it, though this will affect berry production but if it’s looking poorly anyway, this shouldn’t be an issue right now.

4. Holly Bush Distress

Asked by douglas road - April 1, 2012

We have two new holly bushes, which were planted last year, that are showing signs of distress. Some of their leaves are turning yellow, and my wife has noticed a large number of flies and bees on its blooms. Do you have any advice on the problem?


5. Holly Bush With Dead Branches

Asked by deegriz2000 - April 5, 2012

I have two holly bushes within 3 feet from each other. One is doing wonderful and the other one is thin and has a lot of dead branches.   The first one is full and beautiful and healthy. What is the difference? Can I prune the dead branches?

  • The second one that is not doing well may have a fungus or pests (or both). You can remove the dead branches, but I would treat the plant with a pesticide and a fungicide to treat both possibilities. I personally like neem oil as it is both a pesticide and a fungicide and is organic.

6. We Have 2 Holly Bushes About 8 Feet Tall That Have Yellow Leaves Falling Off

Asked by azscbums - April 7, 2012

What can we do to fix the problem?


7. Can I Safely Cut Roots Sticking Above the Ground on a Holly Tree?

Asked by jwhitney - April 11, 2012

I have roots sticking out above the ground and need to do something to lower or remove them. I don’t want to kill the tree if I can avoid it.

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