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Holly problem

Hello all. I recently planted a J.C Van Tol in the corner of my garden and it's not looking too happy I'm afraid. All the berries have dropped and now something seems to be eating it. It wasn't doing badly in a different part of the garden but had to be moved. Will it recover?image


  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700

    I can't see the base of your plant but it doesn't look too bad. They look young, so will get a fair bit of attacks, but not unusual. Make sure they are planted in well and mulched around the base with bark chip or similar. Keep them watered for the first year even when it has rained a bit. This year has been pretty hot and dry so if you have not watered enough, it can sometimes cause the plant to suffer. 

  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,439

    I had a disaster with my JC Van Tol.  Who would have thought that deer would eat holly?  But that's what happened to mine.  They attacked it soon after planting so I erected a cage structure around it.   About three years later I removed the structure as it seemed to have recovered.  But within a few weeks the deer ate it all again, this time killing it!image

    Last edited: 08 September 2017 20:02:25

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
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