Melissa G
Melissa G
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  • Atlanta, GA
Asked on Jan 23, 2012

Mahonia

David SDouglas HuntMelissa G
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I have three scraggly mahonias in a shady corner spot in our front garden, planted by the previous owner of our house. I am not a mahonia fan, but I have seen some gorgeous, huge mahonias in other gardens and I wouldn't mind having a huge mahonia in ours.
My question is, how do I achieve a huge mahonia? Do I just let it grow and grow on its own?
Also, I'd love advice on replanting the other two mahonias. They are not in a good spot (right outside a front window) and I'd rather plant other bushes there.
4 answers
  • Walter Reeves
    on Jan 23, 2012

    If they are scraggly you can get better shape by cutting them to 12" and letting them regrow. Pinch the branch tips whenever they get 8" long.

  • Melissa G
    on Jan 23, 2012

    Thank you!

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jan 25, 2012

    Melissa, everything I have read suggests mahonia is a challenge to transplant because it resents having its roots disturbed.

  • David S
    on Jan 27, 2012

    I NEVER REALLY LIKED MAHONIA UNTIL I SAW IT PLANTED AGAINST THE BUILDING OF A LOCAL CHIC -FIL-A IN THE DRIVE THRU AREA . THEY ARE BASICALLY SHADED AND FACING NORTH . THEY ARE VERY BUSHY AND PRUNED ON A REGULAR BASIS . THEY CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT MAHONIA .

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