Holly Bushes

Holly Bush

Anonymous added on May 4, 2014 | Answered

I have a small potted holly bush (type unknown) that I trimmed back very severely some years ago. It flourished a few years later and gave many leaves and berries. This year - the last few weeks - it has lost a lot of leaves. I water it regularly but think that there could be a couple of potential problems. 1. The hot dry weather. 2. It may now be potbound. Questions: 1. Should I move it to a sunny spot and plant it from the pot to the ground? 2. If so, what advice about compost, feeding, etc.? 3. Will it regain its leaves in time? Any other advice most welcome.

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Answered on May 4, 2014

If it is rootbound, then you need to repot it. It will not be able to take up enough water if it is rootbound and this would cause the leaves to fall off. This article will help you with repotting: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/learn-more-about-repotting-houseplants.htm If you would like to transplant it in the ground, that's fine too. This article will help with its overall care: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/holly/growing-holly-bushes.htm

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