Posted by Newt on June 21, 2003 at 11:56:45:
In Reply to: Re: Pollinator for China Girl Holly? posted by Catskill on June 21, 2003 at 07:09:20:
: : : Yes, the holly needs a pollinator, it does not have to be china boy but any male holly.
: : : : I have a newly planted China Girl Holly. Does it need a companion pollinator and, if so, must it be a China Boy Holly?
: : Hi Lee,
: : The reason the hollies are matched with names like China Boy or Girl is that they bloom at the same time. If you want berries it would be best to use the companion plant so that they bloom together.
: : Newt
: Is there a rule on how close the male and female have to be planted? Can they be in separate areas of the yard?
To answer your question, a few hundred yards is what I've heard, but the closer the better. What you need is the same bloom time and having them close enough that the bees and other pollinators will still have the pollen from the one sex to pollinate the other when they get there. Here's a site that explains it.
Best of luck,