Plant Care Box Holly

Box Holly

Also known as



Ruscus aculeatus

How to care for Box Holly


How often to water your Box Holly

Water needs for Box Holly
0.5 cups
every 9

Box 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 Holly

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Box Holly in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Box Holly: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Box Holly may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Box Holly

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

Difficulty Level

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Box Holly

Box Holly

Box Holly

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft 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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