Yaupon Holly - Can I Chop them down

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I just picked up (3) Yaupon Holly shrubs from someone that was redoing their landscaping. I will post some pictures shortly. They are each about 15 years old and are about 4 feet tall. I just repotted them with just some potting soil and put them in 7 gallon nursery pots. Is it too late in the year to Chop the trunk down to about 12" from the base? The guy pulled them up and I just wanted to quickly get them back in some soil.

I am here in Austin, TX.

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If you just did all this, I’d say there’s time. But you’ve got to get them out of the potting soil. Use a well draining substrate and DONT cut any of the roots that were dug, unless it’s a large root with no connecting feeder roots. chop them back quite a bit shorter as well. search this site for tips on trunk chops. But if your going to do this, do it ASAP. Like now.
 

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If you just did all this, I’d say there’s time. But you’ve got to get them out of the potting soil. Use a well draining substrate and DONT cut any of the roots that were dug, unless it’s a large root with no connecting feeder roots. chop them back quite a bit shorter as well. search this site for tips on trunk chops. But if your going to do this, do it ASAP. Like now.
I bought 10qt if bonsai soil. I will chop them back and plant them in the bonsai soil first thing in the morning
 

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I ended up cutting them back last week and got them in bonsai soil.
 

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I ended up cutting them back last week and got them in bonsai soil.
Great. You’ll probably end up needin to chop quite a bit lower but I would let these bud out like crazy at this point to choose a new leader on each.
 

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