Apollo Winterberry Holly Shrub

$39

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Get Holly Berries Using Apollo

Why Apollo Winterberry Holly Shrubs?

Planted to pollinate female Winter Red Winterberries, the Apollo Winterberry Holly Shrub is essential for enjoying the classic, festive berries you’ve come to love. And while Apollo doesn’t produce the showy red berries, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy that timeless red winter ornamental without it.

And you only have to plant one Apollo for every six Winter Reds. Plant within 50 feet of female hollies and this Winterberry variety will pollinate six of them. It’s the muscle in this operation—doing all the work and saving you money at the same time.

Plus, it withstands cold and heat. Apollos don’t mind freezing temperatures. In fact, they can survive in -10 degrees. But it also grows without problems as far south as Florida.

Planting & Care

1. Planting: The Ilex verticillata, commonly called the Apollo Holly, grows best in full sunlight or partial shade. The plant also tolerates well-draining, average soil.

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Dig a hole twice the diameter of the Apollo Holly’s root ball and just as deep. Moisten the hole with water before planting the holly. Place the plant’s roots into the hole. Fill the hole in with dirt and tamp the soil firmly down around the roots to remove any air pockets.

2. Watering: Water the Apollo Holly thoroughly after planting to help settle the roots. Keep the plant moist for the first year of growth to help the plant establish a firm root system. Water the plant at least once per week, especially during periods of drought for optimum growth. After the first year, your natural rainfall will be sufficient, except in times of extreme heat.

3. Fertilizing: Fertilize the Apollo Holly in the early spring or fall using a general purpose fertilizer. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer’s label for ratio requirements.

4. Pruning: Prune the Apollo Holly Shrub in the fall or winter during non-growth periods. And remove any broken or dead branches. The plant spreads through root suckers, so to control growth, the suckers should be pruned away or dug up.

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