Holly bushes

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Old 09-16-06, 08:22 AM
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Holly bushes

Hi,
Does anyone know if I can grow clippings or ?split a holly bush?
My mother has two HUGE ones a male and female but I don't know if it's too late in the season to try now or if it's impossible to do this with this type of bush. I do not know what species it is- it's your typical Christmas looking Holly bush with the red berries and hers has become like 6'high and out of control... but I have a couple smaller (?maybe immature ones) but they've not ever had berries...so I'd rather pick away at hers since it's so large/resilient.
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debbie (I'm in zone 4 I think in MA)
 
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Old 09-16-06, 06:23 PM
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Hi Deb,

You can do semi-hardwood cuttings of holly. Just be sure you have both the males and females if you want berries. The second site might help you to determine which is male and which is female.
http://muextension.missouri.edu/explore/agguides/hort/g06970.htm
http://www.britishexpat.com/Clark_In_The_Park__Holly_Comes.91.0.html

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Old 09-19-06, 03:53 PM
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OK I can try that... interestingly I just looked at hers today and her "superhuge one" has a separate bush growing behind it (the one with berries...so I don't know which "gender" it is yet) but I'll definitely transplant that...and then figure out re: the other one- do they need to be really close together? I'd mentioned in another thread I had 2 and they were like 10' apart but never flowered...plus I don't know if I should "winterize" (how?) this little guy since he's kinda small? I lost one 2 yrs ago- but we had a VERY cold/snowey Winter.
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Old 09-19-06, 05:07 PM
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The ones that you are thinking never flowered are probably the males. Their flowers are so tiny as to be missed. If they have berries now they are female and no berries would be male. This will help explain how to place them and how to get the berries.
http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/shrubs/2002041742017501.html

Here's how to b&b and transplant.
http://www.albertarose.org/women/gardening/ball_and_burlap.htm
http://www.freeplants.com/how_to_ball_and_burlap_dig_plant.htm
http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/woody/planting/planting.htm
http://www.ext.nodak.edu/extpubs/plantsci/trees/f1147w.htm

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