The Q&A Archives: American Holly from Seed

Question: Read all the FAQs, found them interesting. Any tips on germinating American Holly seed?

Answer: In the wild, these seeds (Ilex opaca) normally are spread by birds. Gardeners can try washing the seed three times a day for about two weeks, then plant them and expect slow and erratic germination over the next year and a half, this with keeping the pots protected in bags. In my experience it is easier to start them from cuttings.

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