If you are going to plant holly trees I suggest you get root barriers and put them in and then plant a magnolia tree and use the leaves to form a second root barrier. Hollies produce babies along their roots and they can be a real pain. And if you have dogs or kids plan on de-stickering them often. Needless to say our holly tree got cut down. Even though it required our neighbor to go out and buy holly for christmas. Sorry.
I would probably try spliting the bottom of the cutting up 1 to 2 inches and then treating them with a root stimulator. Put the cuttings in moist fertilizer-free soil out of direct sunlight. Use a tent arrangement to keep it humid and wait patiently for new growth to appear.
But that is just a guess.
Or patiently look around the base of the old holly until you find one of it's offspring and then plan on digging a deep hole so you get all of the root up with the baby and then just take that home and plant it. It will do fine.
Last edited by tkhooper; May 21st, 2007 at 08:08 AM.