Variety: Ilex verticillata
Cultivar: Peter's Fireworks
Zones: 3 to 9
AHS Heat Zone: Not defined for this plant
Soil Type: Some sand to loam
Soil pH: 5.5 to 6.5
Sunlight: Partial sun to full sun
Watering: Normal to moist
Fertilizer: Flowering shrub and tree fertilizer
Availability: Sold as live, potted plants.
When to plant: Plant the Peters Fireworks Holly at any time during the growing season when there is no danger of frost.
CONTAINER: Dig a planting hole twice the size of the root ball and as deep as the soil in the container. Scarify the sides of the planting hole with a pitchfork or shovel. Center in the planting hole and backfill with soil. Mulch with at least three inches of compost or pulverized bark and water well. If you need to amend the soil, do not use more than half amended and half original soil.
BALLED AND BURLAPED: If the burlap is synthetic, remove the burlap and discard; otherwise leave the burlap on the root ball. Dig a planting hole as deep as the root ball three times its width. Scarify the sides of the planting hole with a pitchfork or shovel. Center in the planting hole. Remove any ties or staples holding the burlap to the plant and fold the top of the burlap down into the planting hole far enough so that when you backfill it gets covered. Backfill with soil. If you need to use amended soil, do not use more than half amended soil. Mulch with at least three inches of compost or pulverized bark and water well.
BARE ROOT: Soak the roots of the Peters Fireworks Holly for at least eight hours to ensure proper hydration. Dig a planting hole as wide as the spread-out roots and as deep as the discoloration on the stem, which shows how deep the holly was previously planted. Scarify the sides of the planting hole with a pitchfork or shovel. Center the plant in the planting hole and fill with water, then backfill with soil. Mulch with at least three inches of compost or pulverized bark and water well.
Watering: Water the Peters Fireworks Holly with at least an inch of water per week. The soil should be kept moist to a depth of 18 inches. Do not let the soil become soggy.
Fertilizing: During the first year of planting, use a phosphorus fertilizer. Once yearly, preferably in the spring before new growth, fertilize with an all-around flowering shrub and tree fertilizer. If the soil test shows a low nutrient, fertilize with a nutrient-specific fertilizer instead.
AHS Heat Zone: While the AHS Heat Zone has not been defined for this plant, care should be taken in choosing a planting spot. If you live in an area with long, hot summers, plant in partial sun. If you live in an area with shorter, cooler summers, plant in full sun.
Production: Peters Fireworks Holly is a low-maintenance evergreen shrub that produces dark-green and green leaves, reddish-orange berries and single, white flowers.
Cleanup: Prune Peters Fireworks Holly during the spring and throughout the growing season for dead and decaying wood and plant matter. Pinch the stem tips during the growing season to encourage foliage growth.
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