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I've grown a few holly bushes from very small plants. They seem happy and healthy but have grown slowly during the past few years - the biggest one is still only about 30cm tall. 

How big should I let them get before planting them into the ground?


  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,544

    Plant them in the ground now. They are really forest trees.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Holly always grows quite slowly, as pansy face suggests its ok to plant out now. They are tough just make sure they get watered.

  • Okay, I'll plant them out. When do hollies start to grow berries?!

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,145

    Some don't - it depends on the variety -  but it also depends on whether there are others around for pollination. 

    As the others have said, once you get them established in the ground, they'll grow on well and make big trees eventually. You can clip or trim them as you wish though. They're tough as old boots    image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,544

    Hollies are funny plants in that there are male plants and female plants. Only the female plants have berries but, in the wacky world of hollies, they often have male names and the males have female names. So Golden King is female and has berries. Golden Queen is male and has none.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Holly has been my favourite plant since one of them started growing in my mum's garden when I was a child. I persuaded her to let it grow and now it's 10ft tall and produces berries image

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