Ilex vomitoria Yaupon Holly

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Ilex vomitoria Yaupon Holly

Post  katydad3 on Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:52 pm

My ilex vomitoria pendula bonsai has thrived for the 2 years since acquisition.
This winter it flowered profusely and now shows abundant berry formation.
(It is brought indoors during freezing weather in my zone 7 climate.)
Now, however, it is dropping leaves at a rapid rate with little evidence of new leaf formation,
although a few new twigs and leaves have formed.
Is this normal for this species in pots?
It was fed with a low nitrogen fertilizer at the end of autumn, not fed during the winter, and received
a dilute balanced fertilizer 2 weeks ago. Its roots have plenty of room in a large pot.
The medium is 65% inorganic and 35 % organic.
Thank you

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Re: Ilex vomitoria Yaupon Holly

Post  Todd Ellis on Sat Apr 06, 2013 11:58 am

Hi Katydad3,
I am familiar with your tree and know you have taken good care of it; it was beautiful in full flower. Since I have little experience with "yaupons", I wonder if the tree shed leaves due to the low light levels indoors? That said, after looking at your tree yesterday, I believe the new buds forming are leaf buds and the tree will "sprout" with abundance. Very Happy
Todd

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Re: Ilex vomitoria Yaupon Holly

Post  JimLewis on Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:57 pm

Your I. vomitoria should have been outside all winter, with perhaps some mulch piled over the roots. Zone 7 is well within its range. So I suspect that is your problem. It needed some colder weather.

That said, they're relatively tough and if you don't overwter, shold be fine.

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Re: Ilex vomitoria Yaupon Holly

Post  Wee on Wed Oct 09, 2013 5:28 pm

Did the tree bud back well this summer.....? I have 4 large collected Yaupon's that had to be partially cut back to collect and then 2 were drastically cut back after getting them into training boxes.....Now I think I'll need to protect the new growth that is bound to happen here in the North Ga area. I was planning on bringing them inside during freezing weather.

Brian

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