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Questions About Holly Bushes

Asked by
annee on
June 12, 2019
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Q. transplanting small Holly bushes

4 small Holly bushes have “appeared” in my garden. They are now big enough to transplant as I don’t want them to mature in those places. When is the best time to do this?  thank you

Answered by
BushDoctor on
June 12, 2019
Certified Expert
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The best time will be in early Spring, or Autumn. Doing so now will likely result in shock.

Be sure to dig pretty far around, as not getting the roots will leave you with two problems. A failed transplant, and the bush regrowing even more vigorously back in the same spot.

This article will give you more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/holly/transplant-holly-bushes.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 23, 2019

Q. I have a variegated holly. One new branch is displaying just leaves that are all cream coloured, i.e. no green at all. It’s rather

unusual and attractive. If I take a cutting in the autumn, will the resulting tree just have cream leaves?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 23, 2019
Certified Expert
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Certainly you can take a cutting and propagate this sport.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/holly/holly-cuttings.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 9, 2019

Q. Do some plants suffer sunburn?

Particularly we are wondering about Holly and Cryptomeria Japonica?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 10, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

Yes, plants can suffer sunburn, especially if they have water deficit, - not watered adequately.

But that does not appear to be what's going on with the holly. It appears to be the inner canopy leaves and not the outer, exposed leaves that are browned.

Even the Cryptomeria, that is extreme die-back when the surrounding plants look better. Could there be some other factor? not enough water, soil disturbance and root damage, gopher damage, herbicide exposure?

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Asked by
vs4623 on
July 22, 2019
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Q. my blue princess and another christmas holly plant produce berries but have not grown taller over the years?

They are close to ten years old, in partial shade. What to do to get them to grow tall?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
July 23, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

These are notoriously slow growing. If it is producing plenty of berries, then it is signalling that it is healthy.

Unfortunately, these are doing exactly as they should be, so in order to get a taller shrub, you will have to get a variety that grows taller, faster.

This article will give you more information on the different Holly types: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/holly/common-types-of-holly.htm

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Asked by
Smokiecheshire1307 on
August 23, 2019
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Q. Standard Holly turned yellow

Our standard holly has turned yellow. Its trunk and branches hardly have any leaves, but it has a few berries.
Is it pot bound or over/under watered?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
August 23, 2019
Certified Expert
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It certainly could be rootbound. If it has spent more than a year in container without root pruning, then it may be time to do so, while giving it a fresh batch of compost, or nutrients.

1/4 cup of DOLOMITIC LIME and teaspoon of WETTABLE SULFUR will help to keep away any infections during the year. Use this treatment once, or twice per year.

This article will help you to care for a Holly: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/holly/propagation-of-holly-shrubs-with-holly-seeds-or-cuttings.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 8, 2019

Q. Replacing mature Holly without disturbing plants around it

Hello, my Holly bush planted in a front yard Garden has a 10 inch diameter trunk. How can I replace it without its roots disturbing all the plantings around it? Thank you. Leslie C.

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
September 9, 2019
Certified Expert
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This will be quite a daunting task. These have spreading roots that will likely resprout even more vigorously after removal.

Unfortunately, Hollies are known for being hard to remove, and very aggressive in fighting for survival after. It would be best to have a tree service to assess the situation. This link will help you to find your closest extension service: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 20, 2019

Q. my plants have a black with little white?

I live in Baytown, Texas where it is very humid all of the time. My bushes and now my holly tree and crepe myrtle have gotten this black looking tinge to them. Not all leaves, just some. They also have these little white, rice like looking things on the leaves and trunk and branches.

My second holly tree has died and had little white rice like things on it’s trunk and branches.

What is this and what do I do to save my plants?

Let me know if you need pictures.

Thank you!

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
September 22, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

Usually the black on leaves is sooty mold, which develops from honeydew produced by insects, probably Crape myrtle bark scale.
By eliminating the insect, the sooty mold will go away. I have included information on how to reduce or eliminate the scale.

https://agrilifeextension.tamu.edu/library/landscaping/crape-myrtle-bark-scale-a-new-exotic-pest/

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/how-to-get-rid-of-sooty-mold.htm

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