Be sure to choose the appropriate location for your Compact Japanese Holly. As long as you avoid extreme temperatures and the ground isn't frozen you can plant your Holly almost any time of the year.
This holly thrives in full to part sun and prefers a slightly acidic soil. Although it does tend to adapt just about any well-draining soil. After planting, adding a layer of 2 to 3 inches of mulch will help keep the soil moist. Mulching is highly recommended in cooler zones to protect the plant's roots in winter as well. Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as this increases the chances of pests and disease. Water your Holly deeply a couple times a week for the first few months. After Hollies are established, they only need watered during hot, dry spells. Fertilize in spring with a slow release fertilizer for broad leaf evergreens. This holly does not require pruning, but they tolerate it well if you prefer to keep them a certain size or shape.
The best way to prevent disease and pests is by keeping you Holly healthy. Proper location choice, watering, and fertilization are the keys to your success. Hollies rarely have issues with pests or disease, but here are a few issues that occasionally affect Hollies. Mites and scale can be treated with horticultural oil. For severe infections the pesticide Bonide is recommended. Avoid saturated soils to prevent fungal issues in Hollies.
The Compact Japanese Holly is an splendid shrub for the landscape. This holly looks attractive in any type of garden, bed, or border. Its naturally rounded, fat shape looks stunning contrasting something like a thin sky pencil holly. Try a staggered border with these 2 hollies. This is a great shrub for building an easy to maintain hedge. Plant 3 feet apart for a tight hedge. Shape this shrub to get the exact look you want, whether you prefer a rounded or more angular look. Try 3 of these hollies on the corner of your yard for a robust look that breaks up a boring yard. This holly is ideal for planting below windows. The Compact Japanese Holly looks classy in containers.
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|Soil Type||Acidic, Adaptable, Well Drained|
|Mature Height||4-5 Feet|
|Mature Width||5-6 Feet|