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catnipcatnip Posts: 73

I am trying to add a holly plant to an already established holly hedge but my new holly plant has a trunk (only about a foot long).

Can I dig the trunk into the soil so the leaves are flush with the soil or will this rot the trunk?

I do not want to risk losing the new holly plant and would rather plant it to grow into a tree than have it die :(

Happy New year to you!


  • OnopordumOnopordum Posts: 390

    Don't bury any of the trunk - should be above ground to the point where it flares out and joins the roots (if it's a potted plant the base of the stem might be covered by compost and should be uncovered before planting). You could though plant on a slant rather than vertically. A 1' trunk doesn't sound much though in the context of a hedge. Holly is quite vigorous once it gets going so it could probably be coppiced quite hard in a few years if you wanted to.

  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,336

    Ono is right.  One foot only is not very tall in the height of the hedge.  Burying the trunk one or two inches is probably alright but not much more than that, IMO.

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • catnipcatnip Posts: 73

    Thank you for your help- delighted I can add this holly to my hedge as it self planted from a plant my mother gave me :)

    Will plant at a slant!

    Thanks again

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