Best Time To Move Holly Shrubs - Knowledgebase Question

Fairport, NY
Question by ndohrn2
October 15, 2000
I made a mistake when first planting my two Blue Princess hollies. They are growing too close to my fence and I know these shrubs will get large in time. They have been in the ground for 3 years and were purchased in 5 gallon containers. So far they are about 4-1/2 feet tall and I've been remiss in not moving them sooner. It is mid-October now and winter is just around the corner. When is the best time to move them? Now or in the spring? Are they a particularly sensitive shrub?

(PS: I love your site, but can I make a suggestion? It would be nice if you listed the dates of your postings. When I refer to your library, it's impossible to know what "now" means. It would be nice to know what time of year you are referring to.) Thank you!!


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Answer from NGA
October 15, 2000

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Hollies are broadleafed evergreens and as such are very susceptible to winter drying. They would be better moved in very early spring or very early fall. Make sure to take as large a rootball as possible and to keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy while they reestablish over the next year. Watering in the fall as needed will be particularly important to keep them well hydrated as they go into the winter.

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