Holly is one of the most popular Christmas trees because it grows well in almost any climate conditions. There are many varieties of holly, but they all have two things in common: They’re easy to propagate and they produce beautiful flowers. For those reasons, holly is a favorite tree for decorating homes during the holidays.
The best way to propagate holly is through cutting. You can buy cuttings at nurseries or you can plant them yourself. If you want to save money, then buying cuttings might be your best option.
If you decide to use holly cuttings, here’s what you need to know:
How To Grow Holly From Cuttings?
You’ll need a container big enough for the roots of the holly plants. A large pot will work fine if that’s all that’s available. You don’t want to put too much water into the pot; just enough so that the soil stays moist but not soaking wet.
Once you’ve got everything set up, you’ll need to wait until springtime before planting. That’s when the leaves start turning colors and flowering begins. By then, your holly cuttings should be ready for rooting!
You need to get the cuttings from a healthy, vibrant holly shrub or small tree. Cut off no more than 1/3 of a young holly plant. Only use the top portion of the holly plant, leaving the bottom two-thirds to grow normally.
Once you’ve cut the suitable cutting, place it into a glass or plastic container with holes poked in the bottom so that any excess water can drain. The container should be filled halfway with a water and a nutrient-rich soil mix. After placing the cutting in the container, leave it alone for three to four weeks.
Then, you can plant the holly cutting outside. Be sure to keep it watered until it has become well-rooted in its new home.
How Long Does It Take For Cuttings To Grow Holly?
More often than not, holly cuttings will grow within a year. However, some species can take three or more years to grow after being rooted. While the cutting takes time to root and begin growing, it’s a relatively easy way to grow your own holly bush or shrub.
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