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How to Grow Ilex (Holly)


Ilex

Position – Full sun or part shade

Soil – Moist but well-drained

Flowering Period –Spring/summer, berries in autumn/winter

Hardiness –  Fully Hardy

  Where to plant

Where to plant Ilex

 

Ilex are best planted in a moist but well-drained soil of sand, clay, chalk and loam within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. They are best positioned in an area of full sun or part shade. Ilex are suit a variety of garden styles and are a winter garden staple. If you wish to see berries on your female plant, you will need to make sure a male plant is planted nearby.

Find out more about soil types and how to determine your soil type by clicking here



 
  How to plant

How to plant Ilex

 

Sit an appropriate area that will accommodate the mature size of your shrubs, digging a hole that is the same depth and twice the width of the root ball. Once planted water deeply and thoroughly to settle the soil into place.




    How to care for

How to care for Ilex

 

Prune annually in autumn which will shape your shrub/tree to a desired structure. Water carefully during the first year of growth, making sure the soil is kept moist but not overwatered. Protect any new growth from wildlife such as rabbits and deer.




  How to propagate

How to propagate Ilex

 

It is possible to propagate Ilex by seed or by semi-hardwood cuttings.

You can find more information on how to propagate plants by clicking here

 

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