Help! Are my Nellie Stevens Root Bound?

Discussion in 'Trees, Shrubs and Roses' started by Burpcloth, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. Burpcloth

    Burpcloth New Seed

    Feb 15, 2017
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    I am in Zone 6B, in the DC area. Last October, I planted some Nellie Stevens hollies (about 18 inches tall) that I ordered online. I made a rookie mistake and failed to assess for potential root bound or break up the root ball to ensure that the root system grows properly. Now, the trees seem to be surviving the winter OK overall, but some of them have grown very little or not at all, and they all have varying degrees of a few brittle and yellowish leaves - some of which have black spots. I've been watering pretty regularly (1-2 times per week.) Do you think all/some or my plants might be root bound? What should I do? Thanks!
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  3. toni

    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

    Jan 7, 2006
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    North Central Texas, Zone 8a
    The best way to find out is to dig one or more of them up and check the roots. Plants adapt after being transplanted from one place in the garden to another so there is no problem with digging them up just to check on a situation that, unresolved, could be the end of them.
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