Plant Care American holly

American holly

About American holly

American holly is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

American holly likes soil that is good at retaining moisture. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

American holly belongs to the ilex genus, and is native to the Central and Eastern United States.

⚠️ American 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.

Taxonomy

Ilex opaca
Ilex
Aquifoliaceae
Aquifoliales

How to care for American holly

Water

How often to water your American holly

Water needs for American holly
0.5 cups
every 9

American 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.

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
Light

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Finding light for American holly in your home

Light needs and placement for plant American holly: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

American holly love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

American holly does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

Nutrients

How to fertilize American holly

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for American 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 American holly after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

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


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Care Summary for American holly

American 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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