Often asked: Can I transplant holly bushes?

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Written By Thurman Schinner

Thurman Schinner graduated from Cambridge University with a bachelor’s degree and has specialized in technical writing.

The best time to transplant a holly bush is in early spring. Transplanting in early spring helps to keep the plant from losing its leaves due to the shock of being moved. If absolutely necessary, you can transplant holly bushes in the early fall.
Are holly bushes easy to dig up?
Holly bushes are notoriously difficult to remove. If you leave even a piece of a root in the ground, it may re-sprout and soon you?ll have new holly bushes and potentially even more growth in different places than you started with.
Can you dig up a bush and replant?
Most bushes and shrubs can be transplanted successfully. A smaller bush usually transplants better, with a higher success rate, than an older, larger bush. But, we?ve seen some pretty big bushes moved successfully, from one spot to another.
Where is the best place to plant holly bushes?
The best location for planting holly bushes is in well-drained but not dry, slightly acidic soil in full sun. That being said, most hollies are very tolerant of less than ideal locations and will grow well in part shade or dry or swampy soil.

Can I transplant a holly bush in the summer?
Spring and early fall are two good times of year to transplant. The heat of summer is not a good time when plants are already stressed and water demands already high.
When can you move holly bushes?
Transplanting in early fall, when the soil is still warm, gives the tree time to grow new roots before winter arrives and it becomes dormant. You can also move a tree successfully in early spring, a time that also allows for new root growth before summer heat stresses the tree. Avoid transplanting during winter.
How deep do holly bushes roots go?
Holly bushes have very deep, strong roots. They grow between 17 ? 25 inches below the dirt. The root system is a taproot. This means holly bushes have one large root that grows straight down and then smaller, less hearty roots that spread out.
How do you move bushes without killing them?
How to Move a Shrub (Without Killing It)?

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Step 1: Water the Shrub Heavily.
Step 2 (Optional): Tie up Branches.
Step 3: Dig a Drip Line.
Step 4: Pry the Shrub Free.
Step 5: Prep and Transport Shrub.
Step 6: Replant your Shrub.

How long does it take for a plant to recover from transplant shock?
For instance, vegetables can recover from the shock after 2-4 weeks of transplanting. However, plants such as trees can take up to two years or more before they can recover from all transplant shock stress. Eventually, for some plant trees, it can them up to 5 years before they can fully recover from transplant shock.
Can you move established shrubs?
Established trees and shrubs should be only moved if necessary as even with the best care the tree or shrub may fail to thrive or even die. Renovation may be an alternative.
Do holly bushes have deep roots?
Holly shrubs have rather shallow root systems, so you do not have to dig deeply to reach the bottom of the root ball. Once the holly shrub is dug out, quickly move the shrub to its new location.
What conditions do holly like?
Hollies are easy to grow ? they will grow in sun or partial shade, and prefer moist but well drained soil. The variegated varieties keep their colours better in full sun. Hollies can be grown as specimen plants in a lawn, or in a mixed or shrub border, and some make excellent hedges ? great for garden security.
How do I know if my holly is male or female?
Male holly flowers have four yellow stamens extending from the center of the flower. By contrast, each female bloom has a green ovary (that is, a green ?bump? in the center of its bloom).
How much sun do holly bushes need?
Holly bushes do best in well-drained, moderately acidic soil, in full sun. They don?t like to be transplanted, so think carefully about where you?ll plant.
When should you repot a holly tree?
Container grown trees should be repotted every couple of years until it has reached its final height. Over time, the tree will deplete the nutrients in the soil of the pot which makes it important to either replace 50% of the compost or repotting the tree every few years.

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