The Q&A Archives: Transplanting Holly Shrubs

Question: We would like to transplant 3 holly shrubs from our previous residence. They have produced beautiful holly for us and we would like to have them at our new location. When is a good time to do this? What type of location should we choose? Any hints for a successful transplant?

Answer: Transplanting can be done most any time of the year, but it's easiest on the plants when they're moved in the spring or fall months. Now would be a good time. Holly will grow in full sunshine to partial shade, so try to choose a location that duplicates the exposure they had in their old home. Dig the holes large enough to accommodate the root mass, and try to have the new holes dug prior to digging the shrubs, so you can pop the plants in as soon as possible. Set the plants at the same level they were growing before, and gently tamp the soil around the roots. Don't amend the soil, just use the native soil you dug out of the hole. Then water each shrub well and remember to apply water all during their first summer in their new home. After they've become established, they'll get along without too much attention from you.

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