Espoma Holly Tone

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Holly-Tone is the original fertilizer for acid-loving plants. This all natural fertilizer was created and perfected by Espoma, the leader in high quality organic fertilizers. Holly-Tone is a slow release fertilizer that provides optimal nutrition for plants such as hollies, azaleas, camellias, evergreens, hydrangeas, dogwoods, blueberries, strawberries and rhododendrons. While it is rich in natural organics providing the ideal balance of nutrients, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium, Holly-Tone is also enhanced with Bio-tone® microbes, an amazing blend of beneficial microorganisms. Bio-tone® biologically enhances Holly-Tone to ensure superior plant and root growth. Holly-Tone is used and trusted by professionals and novice gardeners alike. Holy-Tone is easy to use. Simply sprinkle over the root zone and water in well. Espoma Holly-Tone is completely safe for use on new plants. The natural product will not burn the roots.

Since 1929, Espoma has been creating amazing products with a minimal footprint. “We believe companies, like individuals, should be environmentally and socially responsible. Our products utilize a vast array of renewable and sustainable ingredients that work in harmony with nature, preserve natural resources, and make a safer world for future generations. We also support a wide variety of community, educational, environmental and other non-profit organizations that work for a positive change.”

Holly-tone Fact Sheet

Apply only 2 times per year. Use the full rate in early spring and when planting and 1/2 rate in early fall. See directions below for detailed rates and information.


For new plants: Mix in with the soil surrounding the root ball when you are planting.

For established plants: Sprinkle the correct amount over the root zone and water in. If you have a heavy soil that doesn't drain well, lightly till the soil (be careful not to harm the roots) and blend in.

For containerized plants: Avoid watering heavy enough for water to leak or overflow for 10 days after application for best nutrient retention

1 lb (about 3 cups) per inch of trunk diameter. Triple the quantity for diameters 3 inches or larger.
1 cup per foot of branch spread. Double the quantity if branch spread is three feet or larger.
Preparation of new bed: Mix 10 lbs. per 100 square feet and incorporate into the top four or five inches of soil. Feed established beds 5 lbs. per 100 square feet.

1 full rate feeding in early spring

1 half rate feeding in early fall


Consider our trusted soil conditioner if needed.

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