45 Gallon
Dahoon Holly – Standard
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Dahoon Holly - Standard

Latin Name:

Ilex dimorphophylla

Plant Type:

Shrub

Description:

A shrub that may reach five feet (150cm) in height. The juvenile leaves are very spiny, but as the plant matures this is reduced to a single spine at the end of the leaf.

Origin:

Europe

Environment:

Suitable only for a greenhouse

Foliage:

Yes

Flowering:

Yes

Season:

GH

Fragrant:

No

Growing Ease:

Requires a little extra care

Temperature:

40-65°F, 4-16°C

Humidity:

Medium humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in full sunlight coming from the South/East/West

Soil Type:

A GOOD general purpose potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well) will suffice. Check purchased soil to see that it is well aerated and add sand or perlite and peat moss if it seems to pack too tightly. Give the plants a chance to settle in before going back to whatever fertilization program has been successful for you. If you want to mix your own take: 1 part garden soil, 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part moist peat or humus (leaf mold) and a light dusting of lime. Always use a pot with a hole.

Watering:

Keep the soil evenly moist and if you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic. Use warm water.

Fertilizer:

Feed every two weeks spring through fall with a water soluble fertilizer diluted by half. An alternative is a granular slow release fertilizer if applied annually in the early spring.

Plant Pests:

Prone to mealy bugs and scale. Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.

Propagation:

Seeds in the spring. It is best to propagate seeds in a mixture of moist peat and perlite. Cover the pot and plant with a plastic bag secured by a rubber band to prevent the moisture from escaping. Place in indirect sunlight or under a fluorescent light. Repot in its regular mix after it has been growing for a while.

Gardening Tips & Care:

Prune occasionally to shape. Direct midday sun will cause the leaves to get sunburned.

Toxicity:

Species of this Genus can be harmful to pets.

Is Genus:

No

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