Growing Ilex Holly Plants

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Growing Ilex Holly plants is easy as they are very hearty and do not require much care. Learn how to grow Ilex Holly plants in this free video on gardening. View Video Transcript

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Stan DeFreitas

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Hi, I'm Stan DeFreitas, Mr. Green Thumb, for On Gardening. This is a dwarf holly, it's called an Ilex Vomitoria Nana. It's going to stay real small, and it's going to be one that you can keep trimmed into a little square or a little rectangle, little ball you'll sometimes see them grown in I called it, doctor's offices, where they want to keep something really tight. It's a small little leaf. Now Ilex Vomitoria came from the Indians. The American Indians used to eat this and they had the original puke parties. I guess they would have it, religiously, they'd say, ah, I don't know about puke parties and why that'd be fun, but it was part of their culture. I don't recommend that you do that. But I do recommend this plant to you if you want to have a plant that's a toughy, doesn't take much, not many insects, not much fungus, not much problems. Pretty cold hearty, pretty drought tolerant, so it's an excellent plant for the landscape. Ilex Vomitoria probably should be fertilized about every two to three months, but if you went every five to six months, the plant won't grow quite as vigorously but it would be a good plant in the landscape. Full sun to partial shade and of course you can trim it to the shape that you wish. For On Gardening, I'm Stan DeFreitas, Mr. Green Thumb.