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Soft Touch Holly

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Soft Touch Holly Planting Mix

Helps your Soft Touch Holly get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer

Growing Zones: 5-9

Growing Zones 5-9 This plant is recommended for zones: 5-9
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You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

2-3 ft.

Mature Width:

2 ft.


Full to Partial

Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Ilex crenata 'Soft Touch'

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A Holly that Won't Scrape You!

The Soft Touch Holly is quickly becoming a popular shrub choice due to its small size and soft, flexible foliage.

No more worries about being pricked by holly leaves with this one! Small, glossy leaves are accented by tiny flowers in the spring and black colored berries in the fall and winter... attracting all kinds of birds to your landscape.

Mature height of 2-3 feet makes this shrub an ideal selection for gardeners with limited space and works well as a border or foundation plant.

It's uniform, rounded habit also makes this a low maintenance choice for those who want a polished landscape without all the work.

Prefers partial to full sun. Tolerant of various types of soil, as well as drought. A good shrub selection for zones 5-9

Customer Reviews

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easy care
The soft holly has is doing extremely well this summer. We have had many harsh storms and now high heat temps.
They are also very easy care and keeping their ball like shape. I am thinking of ordering a few more.
July 26, 2015
1 year ago
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I've only had these a couple months and there is already significant new growth. They arrived in the mail healthy, moist and well packed. Following the planting instructions I got them in the ground and they are a nice addition to my front yard.
July 29, 2015
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Bright green, thriving well
We planted this in our apt garden in May in a couple of areas and happy to report that the shrub is doing well both in the sunny and shadier areas. It hasn't grown much yet but is a constant bright green. Staying in its round shrub shape.
July 28, 2015
brooklyn, NY
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Soft Touch Holly is just what I was looking for.
This Holly is like no other. It works great in my new rock garden!
July 24, 2015
Sterling, MA
1 year ago
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very clean and keeps its shape
The plant looked like deer food so I did not place where I intended. It is very healthy and fits in nicely with other plants
July 27, 2015
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Arrived timely. Ordered five. One was completely smashed but seems to be doing ok.
May 18, 2016
New London, IA
2 months ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Soft Touch Holly

Soft Touch Holly Planting Diretions

Likes full sun, but will take afternoon shade in the south. Plant 2-2 ½ feet apart for a solid hedge, and 3 ½ feet apart if you want differentiation between plants. It will grow happily in most any kind of soil as long as it has good drainage, but it grows fastest in a moist, well-drained, fertile soil. The first season, it needs an inch of water a week, whether from rain or from your hose; after the roots are established, it needs water only during severe drought. 3 to 4 inches of mulch is beneficial.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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i was looking low maintance shrubs & after reading the reviews from other customers this was what i have been looking for. thank you Pam.
dennis h on Jun 20, 2016
Want to change out my current prickly rose bushes for something a little friendlier!
MARLA V on Apr 17, 2016
was looking for shade tolerant evergreen for small garden pathway
Alice M on Apr 18, 2016
We needed low growing shrubs as our front windows are long. I hope they work out. We've ordered other items which have not survived so we're taking a chance.
Rebecca A on Mar 10, 2016
how much does it grow per year?
A shopper on Jul 17, 2014
Best Answer: Soft Touch is a fairly slow grower, achieving 6 to8 inches of growth a year, until it reaches about 2 1/2 feet. It will keep growing, but very slowly until it is around 3 feet tall and a bit wider. Please keep in mind that the growth rate of any plant is affected by growing conditions, so these are approximate figures!
Reply · Report · KarenStaff on Jul 9, 2015
what are the approximate dimensions of soft touch holly in the 1 gallon pot?
Jenna F on Aug 24, 2014
Best Answer: The gallon sizes are listed because we cannot guarantee what height they will be. The heights can vary from 6-12 inches and up.
Reply · Report · Robyn .Staff on Feb 4, 2016
Is this soft touch holly deer resistant?
A shopper on Oct 9, 2014
Best Answer: We have only had them in the ground 6 weeks, but they have not been nibbled yet, We have alot of deer but there is also alot of other food for them in the woods right now. So far so good...
Reply · Report · don b on Oct 10, 2014
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Will it do well in afternoon sun?
Judith K on Apr 2, 2015
Best Answer: This Soft Touch Holly is quite adaptable and will take full sun to almost full shade and still look good. I am assuming from your question that it has morning shade and afternoon sun, which should be fine. If it gets extremely hot and dry, you might need to give it a little water to keep the hot afternoon sun from affecting it, but your plant should be fine. It does require good drainage, so be sure your site meets this need.
Reply · Report · KarenStaff on Jul 9, 2015
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How much should you water soft touch holly shrubs?
A shopper on Sep 16, 2014
Best Answer: The Soft Touch Holly needs frequent watering. I would say weekly or more often in times of extreme heat. As they get more mature you will need to water less.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Sep 17, 2014
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My potted Soft Touch Holly is dropping it's green leaves?
A shopper on Sep 30, 2014
Best Answer: My holly arrived and it was beautiful. It lived for about 6 months. I guess Texas heat did the plant in...
Reply · Report · Paula E on Sep 30, 2014
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Can I plant the soft touch holly in the fall?
janet e on Aug 11, 2014
Best Answer: In a word , Yes. The best time to plant is in the spring or fall. The biggest risk to either spring or fall is the season that follows . If you plant in the spring you risk a hot dry summer . Regular watering mitigate this risk If you plant I'm the fall you risk brutal cold. You can wrap the planting with burlap to mitigate this risk.
Reply · Report · Ken K on Aug 11, 2014
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Does this holly plant keeps its leaves during a winter climate with snow?
jason m on Mar 31, 2016
Best Answer: Mine did here in Pittsburgh,PA
Reply · Report · richard f r on Mar 31, 2016
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I want to plant these in a 'full' sun area (Virginia). Will they thrive?
Thanks, Renee
Renee E on Aug 1, 2015
Best Answer: I just planted mine this summer in full sun, and they have survived even with days without watering after planting because of being away. I would think they would thrive in your area.
Reply · Report · Gloria F on Aug 3, 2015
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Does deer like this plant?
Snicker on Jan 3, 2016
Best Answer: I do not believe so. I have had mind planted for two winters and no deers yet.
Reply · Report · James F on Jan 3, 2016
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do deer like it? It looks very edible
Marti on May 13, 2015
Best Answer: This plant is considered deer resistant. That being said, a hungry deer will eat most anything, though Soft Touch will be fairly low on their list.
Reply · Report · KarenStaff on Jul 9, 2015
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how do you fertilize soft touch holly shrubs?
extet on Apr 26, 2016
Best Answer: I haven't fertilized since I planted them, but I will soon. I plan on using a generalized liquid fertilizer for shrubs (evergreen).
Reply · Report · Renee E on Apr 27, 2016
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what is the color of this shrub in the fall?
Chang J on Jun 5, 2015
Best Answer: It stays green - luv this plant
Reply · Report · darlene d on Jun 5, 2015
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do you have the larger size - 2 or 3 gal japanese soft touch holly??
A shopper on Jun 19, 2014
Best Answer: Currently we only have the Soft Touch Holly (the Ilex crenata or 'Japanese' variety) in the 3 gallon size.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 25, 2014
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I want something that's going to stay small and not crowd my flower bed. Is it recommended to trim this? How often would i need to trim to keep it small?
Sindi W on May 13, 2016
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