Nellie R. Stevens is a fast growing, upright, evergreen shrub that works well for hedges, especially formal hedges. It has a pyramidal-shape with dark green foliage and orange-red, ornamental berries in late summer. It has a mature height of about 15-25 feet and a spread of about 7-10 feet. Nellie R. Stevens can grow up to 3 feet in a year with the proper care. It is hardy in Zones 6-9 and grows best in full sun with moist, well-drained soil that is slightly-acidic.
USDA ZONES:Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
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STEP 1) First, decide on a planting location. Consider carefully what kind of sun, soil, and growing-space your tree or shrub will need.
STEP 2) Once you've located the perfect spot, the hole you are digging must be at least double the width and as deep as the root system you are planting.
STEP 3) Remove the plant from the pot and place the root ball in the hole. The top of the root system should be level with the ground. Before placing the tree or shrub in the hole, use your hands to gently break up the root system.
STEP 4) Once the plant is in place, backfill the hole with native soil and any leftover potting material.
STEP 5) Pack down the soil to eliminate any air pockets.
STEP 6) When finished, water thoroughly.
Plant hollies in full sun or partial shade and in moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soil. The best time to plant is in the spring or fall. After planting, mulch creating a 2 inch layer, but do not let the mulch get too close to the trunk. Hollies require little pruning unless you want to create a formal hedge. In colder climates, until the Nellie Stevens are 6 feet tall, it is best to spray them with an anti-desiccant and wrap them with burlap.
The main cause of winter damage to trees and shrubs is through dessication, or drying out. When the ground freezes, plant roots are unable to take up water from the soil, so they quickly begin to use up all the water stored in their leaves and stems. This is very damaging, particularly to evergreen trees and shrubs that don’t protect themselves by dropping their leaves in winter.
Anti-desiccants, also called anti-transpirants, are sprays that provide a protective coating to evergreen foliage that reduces the amount of water that escapes. Anti-desiccants such as Moisturin are made of chemical polymers, and products such as Wilt-Pruf are made from pine oil.
Anti-desiccants are gradually washed and worn away over several months, so by springtime they’re gone. While all anti-desiccants are marketed as biodegradable, the ones with the most natural ingredients will be safest for you and your plants.
In areas with harsh winters, anti-desiccants are applied twice, in November/December and again in February. In areas with more moderate winters, one application in December or January should see you through the coldest months.