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The Holly Shrub Help Center: Answers To 3 Main Problems In Growing The Mistletoe Plant
Michalis 'BIG Mike' Kotzakolios

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Without a doubt, a holly shrub is one of the most popular shrubs in existence, what with its uniquely shaped leaves and bright red berries. If this description rings a bell, it's because the leaves, and berries, of hollies are often used as natural mistletoe decors come Christmas time.

However, hollies are not easy to grow. In fact, a lot of gardeners have some concerns about their hollies. Let's take a look at three of these concerns, as well as the answers that some people may be looking for.

Common Concern No. 1: Help! My Holly Shrub Isn't Growing Any Berries!

Believe it or not, a lot - and I do mean A LOT - of horticulturists get worried about this very concern. Because their hollies aren't bearing those bright red berries (something which many owners claim is the primary reason why they want to grow hollies), they begin to panic. They start entertaining thoughts that their hollies might be suffering from some unknown disease, or worse, that they have been misled into purchasing hollies which aren't actually hollies.

Here's a simple suggestion if you find yourself in a similar situation: relax.

Hollies have genders, you see. There are males and there are females of their species. It is possible that you are growing a large group of male hollies. Hence, pollens from females will be hard to come by. All you'll get will be a bunch of shrubs that will never bear the red berries you have been waiting for.

How to go about this? Cut down the number of hollies in your garden by half. Then transplant some proven female hollies, those which are already bearing some red berries. It'll be a domino effect. Soon enough, you'll have a lush garden of green with red dots.

Common Concern No. 2: Help! My Holly Shrub Isn't Growing Any Taller!

Again, this shouldn't come as a surprise. A lot of people actually complain that their hollies don't grow as big as those which they observe in prairies.

The reason?

It's because hollies prefer warmer climates. If you have transplanted them in an area where the climate is often cold, your hollies will survive, but they will not be able to achieve optimal growth. You'd have shorter hollies compared to shrubs in warmer territories.

Consider growing hollies indoors instead. The warmer environment will work well for your shrubs. Just make sure that even if they are kept inside your house, that they'd still receive ample amount of sunlight.

Common Concern No. 3: Help! I Want To Use My Holly Shrub's Leaves For A Mistletoe, But I Don't Know If Such Would Be Safe!

Most people who grow hollies actually desire to use their uniquely shaped leaves, with their matching red berries, as mistletoe decorations come the holiday season.

But can you cut off the leaves without injuring the shrub?

The answer is yes, for as long as you do so with caution. Get a sharp knife and cut the stem that connects the leaves in a slanting, 45 degree angle. Make sure that it's a clean cut. Your holly will "bleed," but if done correctly, not much sap will flow out.

This is a safe process, as the shrub will replace the lost leaf with a new one in time.

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