Plant Care Sky Pencil Holly

Sky Pencil Holly

Also known as

Box-Leaved Holly, Box-Leaved Holly, Japanese holly, sky pencil holly and Ilex crenata.

Taxonomy

Ilex crenata
Ilex
Aquifoliaceae
Aquifoliales

How to care for Sky Pencil Holly

💦 Water

How often to water your Sky Pencil Holly

Water needs for Sky Pencil Holly
0.5 cups
every 9

Sky Pencil 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 Sky Pencil Holly

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Box-Leaved Holly in your home

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

Sky Pencil Holly love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Sky Pencil Holly does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Sky Pencil Holly

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Sky Pencil 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!

Benefits of Growing Box-Leaved Holly →

Common Box-Leaved Holly Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Sky Pencil 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.

Box-Leaved Holly Water Frequency →

Box-Leaved Holly Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Sky Pencil 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 🏡.

Box-Leaved Holly Light Requirements →

Box-Leaved Holly Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Sky Pencil 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

Sky Pencil 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 Box-Leaved Holly →

When and How to Successfully Repot Box-Leaved Holly →


💩 Fertilizer

Sky Pencil 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!

How Much and When to Fertilize Box-Leaved Holly →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Sky Pencil Holly 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.

How and When to Prune Box-Leaved Holly →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Sky Pencil Holly can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Box-Leaved Holly Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Sky Pencil 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 Sky Pencil Holly

Sky Pencil Holly

Sky Pencil 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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