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my holly tree drops its berries while they're still green. Why & how do I fix?

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  • National Gardening Association
    Hollies bear male and female flowers on separate plants. The female flowers need to be pollinated by pollen from a male plant in order to set berries. So what you may be seeing is berries beginning to form, then dropping off because they were not properly pollinated and can't continue developing. The solution to this would be to plant a comaptible male holly nearby. Plants may also drop berries, even if they are pollinated, if they experience drought or some other kind of stress, especially as the berries are forming. Try to see that your plant gets consistent moisture throughout the growing season.

    Posted 10 months ago

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