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Q.Potted Holly tree

Zone Huddersfield | tmlawson added on January 4, 2017 | Answered

I have a potted Holly tree and the leaves are falling off. They look to be dried and shriveled. Does this mean if I put it in a place with more sun and water it more, it will be revived?

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Answered on January 4, 2017

Not necessarily. Both overwatering and underwatering can cause leaves to drop off container plants. Excessive water or poor drainage can damage the roots so that the plant can't absorb water, so the leaves could still appear dry and shriveled.

To tell the difference, feel the soil before watering and make sure it is dry, but doesn't stay dry for days at a time. If the plant's leaves look wilted but then perk up after watering, it's underwatered. Also make sure your soil mix is well-drained and that the pot has enough drainage holes in the bottom.

More sun will certainly help most indoor plants, so I would advise placing it in the spot that gets the most sunlight.

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