The Q&A Archives: Holly Bushes Didn't Have Any Red Berries This Year

Question: I planted two holly shrubs in the fall of 1998, this year they did not have any red berries in them, why?

Answer: There are several possible reasons for this to happen. Most types of hollies require a "fruiting pair" meaning that a male plant must be in the area to ensure fruit set on the female plants. In some cases the plants fail to fruit because something happens to the blooms in the spring such as a freak freeze, or in some cases they are inadvertently pruned off during the summer or drop off due to stress such as drought.

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