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Holly problem


By Duck

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I have a holly (ilex meserveae blue prince) in a large planter that develops new growth towards the ends of branches and loses leaves along the stem end of branches so that the core of the tree is "bald". Is this normal or is it sick?

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I think it may be trying to tell you that it wants to spread its roots. I had exactly the same thing happen to my Camelia in a large container. It is now happily growing in the ground.

29 Oct, 2009


Ilex generally and particularly the meserveae types if planted into too large a container for their rootball can show these symptoms. Because their roots grow slowly, too large a body of surrounding soil/compost stays too wet and they start to drop their leaves prematurely. I have come across this several times over the years.

Your only option is to plant into a small container slightly larger than the rootball. Put a Viburnum tinus 'Gwenllian' in it's place instead.

29 Oct, 2009


Well I've learned something there Fractal (one of the benefits of GoY).
I just assumed that it must be the same problem as my Camelia suffered. I think the same applies to those lovely blue African Lillies, forgotten their proper name. They like their roots to be confined don't they?
Sorry Duck, got carried away!

30 Oct, 2009

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