Holly Bushes
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holly losing leaves

Zone Oregon,portland | Lindie1 added on September 6, 2015 | Answered

Had drought conditions in Oregon. My holly is losing leaves but has areas of green and currently has red berries. Is this healthy and ok...lots of leaf loss? Will it recover?

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on September 8, 2015

In drought conditions Holly should be watered about 2 inches a week.
Loss of leaves can indicate the plant is trying to protect it's roots. Water and add 2 to 3 inches of hardwood mulch to help with moisture retention.
Check the plants for signs of insects or disease. Treat with Neem Oil if you see anything.
Here are some links to refresh you on the care requirements.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/holly/growing-holly-bushes.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/holly/diseases-of-holly-bushes-pests-and-diseases-damaging-holly-bushes.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/holly/trimming-holly-bushes-how-to-prune-holly-bushes.htm

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