blue princess holly - Knowledgebase Question

Kensington, Ma
Question by annkavi
November 3, 2009
hi i recently planted two b. princess hollies along with one blue prince. only one of my princess's is showing red berries, what can i do to force these beautiful berries to come out? thank you

Answer from NGA
November 3, 2009


Plant maturity has a lot to do with the ability to flower and to produce berries. Give your non-fruiting Princess another year to settle in and she should develop berries by next fall. If not, you may have two males and only one female (it happens sometimes - plants can be mismarked). You can figure out whether your plant is male or female by inspecting the flowers in the spring. Both male and female flowers have four petals, but the male flowers have yellow stamens in the center of the blossom; female flowers have a green hump or ovary and no protruding stamens. You'll know immediately by comparing flowers from all three plants. Best wishes with your hollies!

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