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transplanting native Irish Holly - Ilex aquifolium


 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:27 pm    Post subject: transplanting native Irish Holly - Ilex aquifolium Reply with quote

.i want to move one and read they do not transplant well. Has anyone had any experience of this?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I find the transplant best between the months of Feb/March.
Dig as large a rootball as possible on a misty day, stake, keep watered, and you should do fine.
What size of a one are you going to shift?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James Kilkelly, was GPI. wrote:
I find the transplant best between the months of Feb/March.
Dig as large a rootball as possible on a misty day, stake, keep watered, and you should do fine.
What size of a one are you going to shift?
It is about 6 feet tall
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It is about 6 feet tall


Well do-able.
We had a member here attempt something similar with a similar sized holly....... http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/about3774.html
Maybe PM and/or post on that thread to see how they get on.

I'd also advise you to read my article..... A Guide to Conifer Tree, Shrub and Evergreen Hedge Planting

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James Kilkelly, was GPI. wrote:
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It is about 6 feet tall


Well do-able.
We had a member here attempt something similar with a similar sized holly....... http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/about3774.html
Maybe PM and/or post on that thread to see how they get on.

I'd also advise you to read my article..... A Guide to Conifer Tree, Shrub and Evergreen Hedge Planting
http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Ilex+aquifolium

Thanks at above under propogation it says they do not like being transplanted
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As James said, a winter/early spring transplant will work best. It will work better if you cut the roots with a very sharp spade this year (6' high = about 2' from the main stem all round), to create a smaller root ball, and do the transplantation next winter. You can expect foliage dieback, due to shock, but the plant should live, with a bit of tlc over the subsequent years.
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