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Old 07-08-2007, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Red Sox Nation
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Hi. I hope someone out there can help. We had 2 georgous 3ft. holly bushes on either side of our porch, that my husband, ummm, "over zealously" pruned back with a chainsaw yesterday. He took about 2/3 of the plants down, and basically we have just a bunch of ugly twigs. I have very little experience with these types of bushes. Does anyone know if they are goners, or what can we expect regarding regrowth. I am just heartsick. Thanks.
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Old 07-08-2007, 02:55 PM
 
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yikes, what state do you live in. I lived in MA. loved the Holly, moved to Florida, and got about 5 from H.D. planted them in all different places.

Somesdid look great,2, I had my doubt. Anway I just did ignore them and let them decide. They seem now to be coming into their own. Just maybe let them be, and either call a garden shop, and ask them.

I always wait, til a plant is really gone. and your husband needs to buy you some more. The Holly is real beautiful. anyway give it time. donot over water it.
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Old 07-08-2007, 03:51 PM
 
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Hi. I hope someone out there can help. We had 2 georgous 3ft. holly bushes on either side of our porch, that my husband, ummm, "over zealously" pruned back with a chainsaw yesterday. He took about 2/3 of the plants down, and basically we have just a bunch of ugly twigs. I have very little experience with these types of bushes. Does anyone know if they are goners, or what can we expect regarding regrowth. I am just heartsick. Thanks.

They should come back. I trim my mom's every year but since hers are about 25 years old we have to chain saw them every five years or so. I have cut them down to nothing but a stump and they came back. (Of course that was in a warmer climate so yours may come back more slowly.) Just make sure they get plenty of water and they should recover some over the fall and fully in the Spring. Good luck!
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Old 07-08-2007, 04:59 PM
 
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Thanks everyone. I have spent most of the day doing damage control. I will just leave them be for the time being. I've had 2 sets of neighbors come by to ask what happend to those poor bushes, LOL. Well, at least my husband had fun firing up the chain saw.
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Old 07-08-2007, 09:01 PM
 
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call a garden shop, and ask for advice. I love the red christmas plant, and to keep it well
once a week you get a big pan put the plant into it and let it have water.

also they do not like a draft, you can baby them for like 9 months. As Donald would say "Yor Are Fired"
I do think the Holly Bush, would echo. the same!
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Old 07-09-2007, 11:26 PM
 
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If they still have some foliage, they'll likely make a comeback.

A couple of gallons of a water-soluable, high-acid, evergreen fertilzer wouldn't hurt.
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Old 07-10-2007, 07:23 AM
 
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Thanks Cornerguy. I'll try that today.
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