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How to take care of holly plants
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Holly plants need to be trimmed regularly. (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Holly plants require a lot of maintenance. It is important to keep them healthy and in good condition. The following article will help you to care for holly plants.
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Pots or planters
Keep your holly plants healthy. Haul out the dead leaves, dirt and other debris that collects in the bottom of your pot. Holly is a large, woody plant that requires a lot of sun and soil. Be sure to keep your soil moist and allow it to drain freely.
Keep holly plants healthy with weekly trimming. Trimming allows you to shape your holly plants. Take off any dead or dried leaves that may hinder the growth of your plants. This is a good time to prune back the branches of your plants.
Use a strong, sharp pair of pruning shears to cut the dead branches off your holly plants. Gently cut back the dead branches that protrude above the trunk of your plant. Do not cut into the soil or main stem of the plant.
Use a pair of sturdy shears to remove any overgrown, long, hanging leaves or branches of your holly. It is important to remove dead leaves from your plant because they will hinder your plant's growth.
Use the cutting edge of your pruning shears to trim the tops of your plants when they are growing. Trimming helps to enhance the appearance of your holly plants.
Use a lopper to cut off the leaves of your holly plant. Lopping involves taking off the side branches. Don't cut the main stem of the plant with a lopper, as the branches will stop growing if you do.
Continue to use the pruning shears when the first new branches are forming. Trimming branches that are covered in leaves will encourage new branch growth.
Use a thin, sharp knife to remove the flowers and berries from your holly plants. Flowers and berries are great attractants for hummingbirds and other wildlife.
Never prune a holly plant that is in a container, as this will cause the plant to dry out. If your pot is a clay pot, you must water the plant well and add fertilizers when needed. Avoid over-watering your plants as this can result in root rot. Always water your holly plants in the morning, when the sun is high in the sky. Keep your holly plant away from direct sunlight. Never plant a holly plant on a sunny, open plot of grass, as this can cause rot. Never plant a holly plant that is still attached to a tree, as the branch may be damaged or even break.
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Thin, sharp knife
Be sure you are cutting the plants properly. You should cut the tops off the holly with a saw rather than a knife.
Never prune a holly plant that is in a container, as this will cause the plant to dry out. If your pot is a clay pot, you must water the plant well and add fertilizers when needed. Avoid over-watering your plants as this can result in root rot.
About the Author
Laurie Bostian has been writing since 2004. Her articles appear on various websites, including Examiner.com. Her writing has appeared in several publications, such as "The Sunday Journal." Bostian graduated with a bachelor's degree in environmental management.