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I'd like to underplant my standard holly with bulbs by potting it about 3 inches deeper than normal. Will the buried stem be OK? If yes, can you reccommend anything for summer colour?

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  • Posted: Tue. 13th April 2010 18:51

In Too Deep!


Dear Sheron,

Generally, you must never plant plants any deeper than the original compost level, as this will potentially cause rot.

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  • Posted: Wed. 14th April 2010 19:56

Not recommended

Reply from Janine Pattison MSGD

I would recommend not altering the level of the compost/soil around the base of a shrub or tree. There is the risk that the bark will get damaged and allow disease into the plant. Rot is very possible.
Summer bulbs to consider include alliums, lilies, nectaroscordum and other bulb-like plants like canna and dahlias.
Janine Pattison MSGD

  • Posted: Thu. 15th April 2010 18:20