American Holly from Seed - Knowledgebase Question

Farragut, TN
Question by Hanelms
February 28, 1999
Read all the FAQs, found them interesting. Any tips on germinating American Holly seed?

Answer from NGA
February 28, 1999


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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