Holly Bushes
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holly bush

Anonymous added on September 18, 2015 | Answered

My daughter has a gorgeous holly bush about 4' tall and about 3' around. She would like to move it but is afraid that will kill it. Any suggestions on keeping it alive? It would be heartbreaking to lose it. She lives in New Hampshire. Thank you for any help!

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on September 21, 2015

The older a plant is, the more likely it is to experience transplant shock. If you plan on moving it, I would prune it back by 1/3. This will help it focus on re-growing the roots it lost. Make sure to dig up as much of the root system as possible and give it some bone meal to help boost phosphorus, which helps with root development. This article should help as well: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/learn-how-to-avoid-and-repair-transplant-shock-in-plants.htm

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