Ilex Opaca (American Holly) #1

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Plucked from front garden... poor root mass initially and I thought it was going to die because it remained dormant for a LONG time into the spring until it finally started pushing new leaves. It is growing nicely now.

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Dug up from poor clay soil in front garden in March. It was growing into a larger chunk of mulch so the roots were absolutely tiny.

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The entirety of the roots. Needless to say, I did not root prune anything on it. Just put it straight into a 4" nursery seedling container with 100% 8822.

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Potted...

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It finally showed renewed vigor in middle of May with regained color and new buds showing. Tree has continued to grow. I have since given it 14-14-14 slow release osmocote as a fertilizer. Considering using Bayer rose and tree systemic 3-in-1 as a next fertilizer application as the small osmocote pellets have mostly totally released by now - it's been about 3 months.
 

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Awesome!
One of my favorite trees native to my area.
I've tried my had a few times and killed them a few times.
That one has a nice little wiggle down low, hope it works out for you!
Being so tiny though, you may want to put it back in the ground for a while after you get the root base sorted out.
Keep us posted.
 
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I slip potted this into a slightly bigger terracotta pot earlier this spring. I didnt trim any roots on it.

Its starting to show some new buds so looks like it will live to see another summer. Hopefully I will get some nice new growth this year on it.

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Noticed some scale insects on this tree today while inspecting the new leaves forming.

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I used a tweezer to crush them. Easy solution.

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Please tell me you didn't follow through on your threat to use 3-in-1 last year?
 
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Lol. No, I did not. I've been using an organic 4-3-3. But this tree didn't get much attention this year, to be honest. I would make sure it was watered, and had no pests. I would throw some fertilizer on it every month or so.. but that was it.

What is your biggest concern with the 3-in-1? I tried it on a couple of other trees with no issues. I don't like it's smell much, though so I will likely limit it to use on the ornamental roses in the yard.
 

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It precludes scale, among other problems.
 
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You were worried that I had used it and still had the scale insects? I'm not sure what you're getting at here.
 

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I was hoping you had scale because you didn't use it.
 
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