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Nelly Stevens Holly Problem

Pls see attached pics of NS Holly leaves. This plant was transplanted about 14 months and went through some stress following the transplant. I kept it well watered and it seemed to have recovered but I am noticing some spots on the leaves and what appears to be insect damage, although I don't find any insects on the leaves following multiple morning and evening inspections. Any comments/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Spent a lot of time/effort digging this up to move it to a better location away from the house. It was a typical 'wrong plant, wrong place' issue from the builder who apparently didn't know any better. This plant is roughly 6-8 years old and is about 8.5' tall. Really nice looking plant so I want to keep it!

Example of leaf spots.
Example of leaf damage.
  • TRD Designs Ltd.
    TRD Designs Ltd. Katonah, NY
    on Apr 3, 2013

    Some chewing insects such as weevils go into the soil during day time hours and come out to feed after dark. Is the plant in a lot more sun? looks like some burn on one the leaves edges. It looks like you have a few things going on here. Maybe bacterial or viral along with insect chewing.

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Apr 3, 2013

    Randy, it looks like you might have a problem with holly leaf miners. Check this out from Maryland Cooperative Extension: http://www.hgic.umd.edu/_media/documents/publications/holly_leaf_miners.pdf

  • Randy
    Randy Raleigh, NC
    on Apr 11, 2013

    Doug - thanks for the comment. I am wondering that myself. I have tried to look at things more closely to either build a case for the miners or discount them, and I haven't been able to do so. Still working on it!

  • Randy
    Randy Raleigh, NC
    on Apr 11, 2013

    The info I can find about leaf miners doesn't seem to explain the chewing issues on the leaves. That's the main reason I am a bit skeptical. Other than that, the leaf miners angle seems plausible.

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Apr 12, 2013

    Perhaps your plant is being double-teamed. You could always take a cutting that includes both issues, zip it up in a plastic bag and take it to your local extension office.

  • Randy
    Randy Raleigh, NC
    on Apr 16, 2013

    @ Douglas - yep. I think that's what I am going to do. Considering I worked for years as a Master Gardener Volunteer, I prob should have gone that route sooner!

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