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  • Answered by
    Nikki on
    January 24, 2011
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    You are better off leaving the wounds open. The shrub will heal itself. Patching the wounds will lead to trapping harmful bacteria in the wounds, which increases the chances of rot.

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    Heather on
    February 20, 2011
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    They need to have a male within 100 feet to pollinate and get berries.

    Water the container when dry, which will likely be once a day in temps above 60F and twice a day in temps above 80F.

    Fertilize once in the spring and then again half way through the summer.

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    Nikki on
    March 1, 2011
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    It may be that the backside of the bushes are not getting enough light. For instance, the side of the house may be blocking the light to that side of the plants.

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    Heather on
    March 14, 2011
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    It is actually probably mealybugs. They look like white, cottony puffs or patches and are found under the leaves. I like to use neem oil on pests like these. It is organic, safe for people, pets and beneficial bugs and very effective. Here is some more information that will help you:
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/mealybugs-white-residue-on-plants-leaves.htm

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  • Answered by
    Nikki on
    March 16, 2011
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    Can you describe the growths? This will help us to better identify the problem and suggest solutions.

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  • Answered by
    Nikki on
    March 20, 2011
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    The good news is that it is likely a fixable problem (brown leaves are more of an indicator of disease). There are several things that cause yellow leaves on a holly. Mostly, it is an indicator that the plant is stressed. Here is an article on some possible causes of the stress: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/holly/holly-yellow-leaves.htm

    The other thing that may be causing the stress is pests. This would also explain the random nature of the stress. Check the plants carefully for pests. I would even say to go as far as to treat the plants with an insecticide (I like neem oil, myself - effective and organic) just in case. Some pests can be very hard to see.

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  • Answered by
    Nikki on
    March 22, 2011
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    The leaves might be dead, but if the stems are still alive, they will regrow their leaves. I would wait about a month and then check for new growth. If you don't see new growth in a month, trim away the dead areas.

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