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The Soft Touch Holly is pretty to look at and painless to touch. Its variegated leaves and flexible foliage make a nice entryway hedge that is compact and low maintenance.


Soft Touch Holly

A Holly that Won't Scrape You!


Height

The heights we list are the actual size of your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back the growth that was trimmed.

We do not prune evergreen trees for any reason. Evergreen trees typically hold their shape for the life of the tree and do not require any pruning or shearing.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you better, thicker privacy the first full growing season.

: 3 Gallon

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Sale: $44.95
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Height

The heights we list are the actual size of your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back the growth that was trimmed.

We do not prune evergreen trees for any reason. Evergreen trees typically hold their shape for the life of the tree and do not require any pruning or shearing.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you better, thicker privacy the first full growing season.

: 1 Gallon

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List: $39.90
Sale: $19.95
Buy 6 at  $18.95 each
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Experts Recommend

Planting Mix
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 1-2 bags of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.


Soil Contents
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Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant - 2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ 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.

APPLICATION:
1 oz. Per Gallon Size Container
1 oz. Per Ft. High Bare Root Plant

DIEHARD Transplant
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TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.


When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

DIEHARD Transplant
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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

 

 

 

 

 

 



Growing Zones: 5-9

Mature Height: 2-3 ft.
Mature Width: 2 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Ilex crenata 'Soft Touch'
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 5-9
This plant is recommended for zones: 5-9
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It's Easy to Plant your Soft Touch Holly

Specific Directions for Soft Touch Holly

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.


Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Soft Touch Holly.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.



Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Soft Touch Holly gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Soft Touch Holly again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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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.
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July 26, 2015
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2 months ago
Growing Zone:
6
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Beautiful!
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.
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July 29, 2015
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4
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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!
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July 24, 2015
Sterling, MA, US
Purchased
5 months ago
Growing Zone:
5
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Tender
 
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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
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July 27, 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.
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July 28, 2015
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Needed something that wouldn't get to crazy and its size should match for the place I need it.
Joey H on Aug 31, 2015
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
Is this soft touch holly deer resistant?
A shopper on Oct 9, 2014
Best Answer: Soft Touch is fairyly deer resistant. A hungry deer will eat anything, but this will be low down on their list..
Reply · Report · KarenStaff on Jul 9, 2015
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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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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.
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Staff,
I want to plant these in a 'full' sun area (Virginia). Will they thrive?
Thanks, Renee
Renee E on Aug 1, 2015
Best Answer: The Soft Touch Holly does well in full sun.
Reply (1) · Report · Angela SStaff on Aug 5, 2015
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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.
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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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what is the color of this shrub in the fall?
Chang
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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how tall and how wide is the 3 gall at delivery?
laura on Jun 18, 2015
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