Grow holly


Holly can be grown in a very large pot or placed directly in a garden. For pot cultivation we will have the opportunity to consult the nurseryman on the best variety. In the first years of the plant’s life, irrigation interventions are more frequent but must not be exaggerated. If we have transplanted the young holly into a container of greater capacity, we must check that there are holes in the bottom for the excess water to escape. To promote drainage, it might be useful to place balls of expanded clay or common pebbles at the base. During the life of the plant placed outside, however, it will not be necessary to irrigate if the rainfall is frequent, repeating at least every 10 days.

Cultivation techniques and treatments

Wanting to get the classic red berries we will have to buy an adult plant that already produces them. In the absence of both male and female specimens, in fact, the holly would not produce the berries. It will therefore be necessary to be supported by the expert advice of the specialist gardening shopkeeper. Moreover, there is holly with green leaves and holly with the perimeter of the foliar apparatus tending to yellow. It is not a tree that needs special care and can be successfully grown even by inexperienced people, as long as simple recommendations are followed. Except for the first periods after transplanting, when the holly has settled in the new land it will grow naturally and will stand out in the garden even during the winter season.

The ideal terrain

The holly grown in pots can be placed in a container with the normal universal soil, easily available even in supermarkets. A little soil for acidophilic plants can also be added, resulting in a suitable blend characterized by an ideal balance for holly. In the open field, the pH of the soil could be slightly lowered by adding coffee grounds to the compost we use to enrich the soil. Fertilization can be done in advance of the final planting of the plant. We will work the earth energetically so that the substrate is well dissolved and allows the root system to develop freely. If necessary we will also add a little sand,

Growing holly: Exposure and climate

Holly can be grown in all types of gardens, placing it in the area that we think is most suitable from an aesthetic point of view. Obviously it must have room to grow. If it is true that the common holly reaches about a couple of meters in height, in fact, it should be considered that it is a real tree that could become even bigger. Considering the appearance it is good to leave a perimeter of 5-6m where the holly can show all its beauty. Sun exposure may be suitable but holly can also be in partial shade, receiving direct sunlight only for a few hours during the day. This alternative is especially recommended where the climate is warmer than average. L’ holly has no particular problems related to the climate and resists well to attacks by parasites and diseases, except for the rot that can be caused by water stagnation. Holly resists well even in very severe winters with temperatures below freezing.

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