Ilex Blue Prince
Ilex Blue Prince is a winter-hardy variant of holly which is grown to form a hedge. Its branches have a shiny, blue-green color and should be planted next to its female variant holly Blue Maid. When pollination takes place, the female variant produces decorative, bright red berries.
The holly blue prince has prickly leaves that protect your garden against intruders. It is recommended to wear protective clothing and gloves when pruning because the thorns may injure you.
Care & Advice
It is important that you care and maintain your Ilex Blue Prince plants so that they can establish quickly and grow well. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Once Ilex Blue Prince is established, they generally don’t require much water. However, they will need frequent watering at first and should not be left to dry out.
Generally, Ilex Blue Prince in the ground is less demanding and may require feeding with a general purpose fertilizer. This is unlike shrubs in containers that require more feeding.
This male variant of holly will also benefit from mulching as it will help to suppress the growth of weed, conserve moisture and provide the required nutrients. In addition, mulching improves soil conditions.
Mulch your Ilex Blue Prince plants in late winter after applying fertilizer, but you can mulch throughout autumn to late spring provided the ground is damp.
Prune the plant for pedestrian safety and size control, to get rid of diseases or dead branches or to shape or train the plants. Prune the plants in late winter or late spring depending on when the plant flowers