Several weeks ago I bought a large holly. The root ball was dry when I planted it and apparently did not give it enough water. When I realized what I had done, I have kept it moist. It has lost all of its leaves and I am fearful that it is dead. The fingernail test shows it to be green. No new growth is visible at this time. How long should I wait before I put another one in its place?
Youpon Holly Problems
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Stunted growth can be the repercussion of a dry root ball because a dry root ball cannot absorb water easily. I would recommend placing a dripping hose at the base of the holly and letting it run for several hours in order to dampen the dry root ball.
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