Plant Care Holly Osmanthus

Holly Osmanthus

About Holly Osmanthus

False Holly is a large, dense, upright, oval-rounded evergreen shrub that grows to 15' tall. It blooms in the late fall into winter and has inconspicuous flowers that are highly aromatic and pungently sweet. The plant is used in hedges, screens, foundations, barriers, or as a specimen plant.

Taxonomy

Osmanthus heterophyllus
Osmanthus
Oleaceae
Lamiales

Also known as

Holly olive and False holly

How to care for Holly Osmanthus

💦 Water

How often to water your Holly Osmanthus

Water needs for Holly Osmanthus
0.5 cups
every 9

Holly Osmanthus 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 Holly Osmanthus

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Holly Osmanthus in your home

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

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

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

Holly Osmanthus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Holly Osmanthus

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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


💦 Water Needs

Holly Osmanthus 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.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Holly Osmanthus 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 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


🪴 Soil

Holly Osmanthus does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!


💩 Fertilizer

Holly Osmanthus 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

Holly Osmanthus will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Holly Osmanthus can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 6a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.


🧐 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 Holly Osmanthus

Holly Osmanthus

Holly Osmanthus


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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