Posted by Newt on March 28, 2003 at 11:30:12:
In Reply to: Re: Pollinator for China Girl Holly? posted by ben beasley on March 28, 2003 at 06:21:26:
: : : 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
Actually, any male holly will not necessarily pollinate the China Girl holly as they may not bloom at the same time. Different hollies bloom at different times and if the bloom time is not 'together' there will be no pollination and hence, no berries.
In the wild the chances of males and females blooming at the same time are greater, but in our gardens we have to be more selective to insure berries.
You might find this an interesting read. Scroll down to "Comments" on this first site and it will explain the need for the same named varitey in the garden. It also shows that hollies bloom from March to June. If a female is blooming in March, and the male you have purchased blooms in June, there will be no berries.
Hope this was helpful.