Repotting Dying Dwarf Yaupon Holly Help...

brownthumb65(8B Florida)May 21, 2011

Hi Everyone,

The local grocery store marked down this poor plant in a 1 gallon container to .48!

It has a few green leaves still left on it. I see some new ones trying to come in, but mostly it is BARE. It is still alive I am just not sure how to repot it the best way.

I do not want to put it in the ground just yet, because I am in the middle of some other projects in my yard.

When I repot it should I just stick it in a bigger container and leave it be or is it wise to give it a little "trim" over all?

If you would like a picture I could TRY to do that. (I'm not good at posting photos, but I can put a link into a photobucket)

Any advice is warmly appreciated!



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If the plant is already dying, it means it is already stressed so repotting it may put it over the edge. Why do you think you need to repot it? Totally root bound, or...?

You might want to put it in a nice shady area, make sure it has sufficient water, and see if it recovers before putting it through the stress of a repot.

Still, $0.48 isn't a big investment, so if you need to repot it, go for it!


    Bookmark   May 22, 2011 at 12:17AM
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brownthumb65(8B Florida)

I'm a new gardener and I like to do experiments, plus I felt bad for the little guy. The roots were extremely root bound unlike anything I've ever seen. All root hardly any soil.

What I need to know now is should I give it a pruning or not?
HELP anyone!

Here is the Photobuckets slideshow link


Here is a link that might be useful: YAUPON

    Bookmark   May 22, 2011 at 7:24AM
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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

I think you can save that, and I would bare root it completely, prune out that big root and repot in a good mix either the gritty or 5-1-1. It is a healthy plant and is a real bargain, I am sure you can save it. Keep it in a protected place out of the sun and if you fertilize make it VERY weak. Most of the feeder roots will be lost and will have to regrow. I don't think you will need to reduce the foliage at this time. Al

    Bookmark   May 22, 2011 at 9:55AM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

The foliage at branch ends is typical of plants growing in severely root-bound conditions, but the plant needs ALL the foliage it has to recover. Removing any foliage now, limits the plant's ability to make food, which limits its ability to make roots and back-bud.

I'm thinking that I would saw off the bottom of the root mass just below where that big root disappears back into the soil mass, and MAYBE sever the large root, depending on how much of the rootage would be distal to the cuts. I don't think I'd bare root it, but I'd make several vertical slits in the root mass, tease a little soil out of the roots & pot up a size and let the plant grow free for a year. You're going to have to straighten out the roots - whether you keep it in a container or put it in the ground, but I think I'd do it next spring.


    Bookmark   May 22, 2011 at 9:33PM
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I just transplanted some artichoke a few weeks ago. When I transplanted them into a corse peat/perlite mix ph bllncd and they already not doing so good from where I got them. They where wilting even with spraying the foliage with miracle grow/water after transplanting. I then scooped some compost in an empty water bottle and added water and a tad of sugar and shaked. The very next day they where pointing up towards the sun doing great. Maybe the organic approach is proving itself.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2011 at 1:49AM
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brownthumb65(8B Florida)

Can someone give me an idea on WHEN I can put the plant out in the sun or do I just keep it in the shade until it gets a full head of leaves?


    Bookmark   May 27, 2011 at 4:29PM
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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

Hi alime,
At least until you start seeing new growth.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2011 at 6:04PM
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