Hello I've wanted holly tree in my garden for awhile and don't want to
buy one as most are too small. I've located one in the wild in a hedge
row (on land I own) but could do with some advice on how to move it.
I've tried moving one to my garden before (twice) the first one died and
the other just about clung on but is half dead and going to take ages to
Is it a bad time of year to move such a tree? The one I've located looks
like its about to flower. Also is there any difference between the ones
with red berries and ones with no berries? The leaves on these trees
dark green and spiky (except not spiky strangely on the one I've got my
I'm no expert but in google I trust:
My wife has a little one in a pot now in the house to try to grow before
I did transplant a small one outside, sort of lost in the vegetation of
the bank it is in but it is growing slowly.
They do grow slow and according to above are hard to transplant. As an
evergreen I am not sure what season is best.
The berry part is easy -- the females have berries while the males do not
but both are necessary for them to form.
As for moving, if it is of any real size a company that has the the
specialized equipment is probably your best bet since keeping a large
enough rootball would give you something weighing (potentially) tons and
not really suitable for toting in your wheelbarrow.
On 10/1/2017 12:52 PM, John McGaw wrote [in part]:
Indeed, English holly (Ilex aquifolium) and most other holly species
requires male and female plant for berries. However, some hybrids and a
few other holly species (e.g., I. cornuta) will produce berries without
a male plant. Also, some hybrids never produce berries even when a male
plant is available nearby for pollen.
Thanks for the replies, the tree is just under 6ft, I'm going to
transplant it I'm determined, I'm young and fit enough to manage it.
From what I can gather the soil needs to be wet around it before digging
up and the soil around the roots needs to be maintained otherwise the
roots will dry up? Also I was hoping someone could tell me the best time
of year to attempt this. Thanks.
My advice on nursery (garden center) plants carries into transplanting:
The smaller plant is best. I have several reasons for this advice.
A small plant is easiest to move and plant. It requires a smaller
planting hole, which means less digging. You can even dig a
proportionally larger hole, which means the plant's roots are much more
likely to become established than for a large plant.
A small plant from a container is less likely to be pot-bound than a
larger plant. Removing a small plant from the ground to plant elsewhere
often results in less damage to roots than doing that to a large plant.
In both cases, planting a small plant generally puts a smaller demand on
disturbed roots for moisture than results when planting a large plant.
Often, a small plant will grow sufficiently fast so that, in 3-5 years,
it will be the same as having planted a large plant.
To get a small plant, try rooting cuttings from the target "wild" holly.
Cuttings of woody plants have a high rate of failure, so you would want
to put up several cuttings. If more than one survives and starts to
grow, plant the most vigorous and trash the rest.
David E. Ross
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