Answer: Hollies as a rule do best in an evenly moist yet well drained, acid soil with a high humus content. A location protected from winter wind is preferred as is a spot where there will not be heat reflecting off of pavement or a building. These plants are normally purchased as balled and burlapped plants or as container grown plants. The soil should be loosened and prepared in a wide area, with the hole being dug to about the same depth as the rootball and the soil below that being loosened. Any burlap or ties should be removed, and any encircling roots should be directed outward at planting. Set the shrub at the same depth as it grew before, replace the soil and firm it, water generously and cover the root zone with several inches of organic mulch such as shredded bark. Do not allow the mulch to touch the stem or trunk. Keep the soil evenly moist but not sopping wet by watering as needed up through fall. Finally, many varieties of holly require that both a male and female plant be grown in order for the female to produce the berries so you may need two plants. Check this with the nursery when you purchase your holly.
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