The Soft Touch Holly shrub is a great all around shrub for your landscape design. These hollies are a no maintenance shrub with a nice soft foliage unlike other hollies.
Soft Touch Hollies give off a nice dark green color with light green new growth. Its leaves are very small and slow growing with a soft texture. This holly is very compact and stays compact. You will not have to worry about any shoots popping up and much if any trimming or pruning. Enjoy its dark green color year-round from season to season.
In your landscape, Soft Touch Hollies are great for accenting around a Crape Myrtle or specimen tree. Soft touch hollies are also great for borders. If you would like to make a short hedge, plant the Soft Touch Holly about 2 feet apart and they will grow together making a nice hedge.
- Easy to grow
- Easy to maintain
Keep your Soft Touch Holly watered regularly in hot, dry climates. This holly will reach heights up to 2 feet tall and about 2 feet wide. They really don't need to be trimmed but you can touch them up once or twice a year to keep the size and shape you need.
|Grows in Zones||5, 6, 7, 8, 9|
|Sunlight||Full Sun, Part Sun|
|Mature Height||2-3 Feet|
|Mature Width||2-3 Feet|
|Botanical Name||Ilex crenata 'Soft Touch'|
Questions and Answers
Planting & Care
How to Plant & Care for Your new Soft Touch Holly
Be sure to choose the appropriate location for your Soft Touch Holly. As long as you avoid extreme temperatures you can plant your Holly almost any time of the year.
Hollies tolerate full sun to part sun. They prefer a slightly acidic soil, but tend to adapt just about any well draining soil. After planting, adding a layer of 2 to 3 inches of mulch will help keep the soil moist. Mulching is highly recommended in cooler zones to protect the plant's roots in winter as well. Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as this increases the chances of pests and disease. Water your Holly deeply a couple times a week for the first few months. After your Hollies are established, they only need watered during hot, dry spells. Fertilize in spring with a slow release fertilizer for broad leaf evergreens. Soft Touch Hollies tolerate pruning well if you want to keep them a certain size or shape. Heavy pruning is best reserved for late winter or early spring. You can certainly let your Soft Touch Holly grow naturally with no pruning as well.
The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants. Proper location choice, watering, and fertilization are the keys to your success. Mites and scale are insects that can occasionally affect Hollies. These can be treated with horticultural oil. For severe infections the pesticide Bonide is recommended. Avoid saturated soils to prevent fungal issues in Hollies.
Landscape Ideas for your Soft Touch Holly
The versatile Soft Touch Holly is a great evergreen shrub for the landscape. This holly looks attractive in any type of garden or mixed bed Its naturally rounded shape looks stunning contrasting something like a sky pencil holly. This is a great shrub for building a low easy to maintain hedge or border. Plant 1.5 feet apart for a tight hedge. Shape this shrub to get the exact look you want, whether you prefer a rounded or more angular look. You will like the texture and year-round color or this holly in group plantings. This holly is an alternative to the boring and tempermental boxwood, and is faster growing.
The Soft Touch Holly fits in a formal or a casual landscape. Keep this shrub manicured for a high-end look. Let it grow and be itself for a natural, woodsy look.
Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.
Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball. Position your plant in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the original grade of the bed. Also check to make sure it is straight from all sides.
Fill up hole with water before placing new plant in hole in order to saturate the surrounding soil. Once the water is absorbed place your plant in the hole and water thoroughly.
Mix the potting soil and the soil removed from the hole. Start by backfilling soil around the root ball. Carefully pack in the soil to remove any air pockets. Water plant thoroughly again until the soil will not hold any more water. This will ensure that your new plant will be a success.
Fertilize around your plant with the amount recommended on the package. Our special Fertilizer contains all of the nutrients to keep your plants growing and healthy. Repeat every 3 months.
Finish up by mulching around your new plant. Apply 2 - 3 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.
Keep watered with a hose every 2-3 days for 2 weeks. This is critical for plant survival. In the third week, begin to water as needed depending on the weather. Always check by placing your finger under the mulch to see if the soil is moist.
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