Q.i have a scraggly holly evergreen plant in a pot. I’ve never pruned it and it’s very straggly now with only a few leaves on the end
of the branches and a few berries. How and when should i prune it to get it back to when I bought it about 7 yrs ago?
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The holly needs rejuvenation and can be cut almost to soil level. However, wait till it's dormant to cut it back, in late winter. Has it been repotted or the soil replenished in 7 years? If you have a place in the yard to plant it, I would do that. Seven years is a long time in a container. I usually keep evergreens in a container for about 2 years then move them to the ground.