Dark green suckers on variegated holly.

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Edward Dolan asked 12 years ago

Golden King and Silver Queen hollies are planted very close together. I have shaped them into one large lollipop with two trunks. I have dozens of dark green holly suckers in a radius of about six feet around them. How do I deal with the suckers?

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Gerry Daly Staff answered 3 years ago
These are suckers from the rootstocks. All you can do is to chop them away with a spade below the soil and firm the soil well. You could cover the area with black polythene, covered with bark if this is possible where they are located. Shoots denied light with eventually rot.