Holly Berry Time

Bees help during the holly berry time to boost berry production via pollination.
 Holly berry time starts in late Spring. Every year the Nellie Stevens holly creates those bright red berries that contrast so well with the dark green leaves. The hollies are cross-pollinated by bees. Hollies that have pollinated flowers will develop small green berries that will grow and become gorgeous red in the fall. The formation of berries requires plant energy. Therefore, the holly will make fewer new leaves in May as energy reserves are used for berry production. Coming out of winter with a few lows of 2 degrees F, many hollies have more winter-damaged leaves, which turn yellow and drop as new leaves emerge.
  We limit holly berry production in order to maximize holly leaf production.  One way is with chemical sprays which inhibit the holly flower fruit production. Instead, at Pryor’s Nursery, we go organic and prune back our male holly and cover him with mosquito netting so the bees cannot access the flowers. Without cross-pollination, the holly flowers are naturally sterile, and plant reserves will go to more leaf production.
   I am always torn between holly berries or more leaves. This year at our tree farm, we need the plants to make more foliage to replace the winter-damaged leaves. This will make your evergreen living fence denser after a hard winter.
We are already backed up with orders this spring.  Therefore, place your orders now if you want to have them installed before the end of June. : )