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Holly - Japanese Deciduous (Ilex Serrata)

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Bonsai Care

Deciduous tree with thick, grey, fleshy bark and small leaves, similar to apple or cherry leaves in shape, which turn to orange/red in autumn. They may produce red, yellow or white berries if fertilized by a male tree.

STYLE : best suited to all styles, except possibly broom.

WARNING : Berries will only form on a female tree if there is a male tree present to fertilize it.

Care Info

REPOT : Every 2-3 years in spring, less frequently, as required, for older, larger trees.

SOIL : Free draining soil : 40:60 grit:organic. PRUNE : Autumn/early spring before new growth. Hard prune in summer to regenerate growth on weak branches.

PINCH : Remove all new unwanted shoots while still tender. Trim to shape throughout summer.

WATER : Water well in growing season and keep moist in winter. Spray regularly in warm weather.

FEED : Balanced feed every 2 weeks in summer. Nitrogen free in autumn.

WARNING : Berries will only form on a female tree if there is a male tree present to fertilize it.


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