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From: Peter Mian
City:
Halifax, Nova Scotia, ZZ
I am told that in order for the Holly Bush to develop red berries, you must plant a male and female plant together. Is this true?

 
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From: Greg Stack
Extension Horticulturist
Office of Web Development
gstack@illinois.edu
Yes you need to plant male flowering plants in the vicinity of female flowering plants if you want beries.

 
From: susan kerecman
City:
richland, MI
How close do the male and female holly bushes have to be planted in order to get red berries?

 
Extension Message
From: Greg Stack
Extension Horticulturist
Office of Web Development
gstack@illinois.edu
Hi,

Generally you use 1 male for every 2-3 females. Depending on the type of holly you can figure how far apart based upon the spacing in the planting which is determined by how wide the plants get at maturity.

 
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