Plant Care Chinese Holly

Chinese Holly

Also known as

Horned holly

Taxonomy

Ilex cornuta
Ilex
Aquifoliaceae
Aquifoliales

How to care for Chinese Holly

💦 Water

How often to water your Chinese Holly

Water needs for Chinese Holly
0.5 cups
every 9

Chinese Holly needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Chinese Holly

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Chinese Holly in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Chinese Holly: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Chinese Holly love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Chinese Holly does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Chinese Holly in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Chinese Holly

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Chinese Holly: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Chinese Holly after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Chinese Holly is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Chinese Holly →

Common Chinese Holly Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Chinese Holly prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Chinese Holly Water Frequency →

Chinese Holly Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Chinese Holly requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Chinese Holly Light Requirements →

Chinese Holly Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Chinese Holly is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


🪴 Soil

Chinese Holly is very sensitive to dry soil, so choose a potting soil that retains moisture. A good soil will still drain well and contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir or sphagnum moss.

Best Soil Mix for Chinese Holly →

When and How to Successfully Repot Chinese Holly →


💩 Fertilizer

Chinese Holly grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Chinese Holly grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.

How and When to Prune Chinese Holly →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Chinese Holly can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 7a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Chinese Holly Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Chinese Holly can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Chinese Holly

Chinese Holly

Chinese Holly


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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