Plant Care Box-Leaved Holly

Box-Leaved Holly

Also known as

Japanese holly, sky pencil holly and Ilex crenata.


Ilex crenata

How to care for Box-Leaved Holly


How often to water your Box-Leaved Holly

Water needs for Box-Leaved Holly
0.5 cups
every 9

Box-Leaved 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 Box-Leaved Holly

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Box-Leaved Holly in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Box-Leaved Holly: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Box-Leaved Holly love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Box-Leaved Holly does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Box-Leaved Holly

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Box-Leaved 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 Box-Leaved Holly after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Box-Leaved Holly is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Box-Leaved Holly

Box-Leaved Holly

Box-Leaved Holly

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


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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