Donít Waste Those Holly Berries!
Holly trees are getting scarce so itís time we all made sure there will be
plenty in the next millennium. Greedy people are now cutting down whole bushes
with chainsaws. Some foresters predict that they will be rare trees in the future.
Holly berries germinate if they are left in sand for two winters.
- Get an old bucket or large flower pot. Make sure there are holes in the
- Put in about 5cm of horticultural sand. River sand or play sand is excellent.
Some people use coal ash instead.
- Place a layer of berries on top of this.
- Put in another layer of sand and another layer of berries. Continue doing
this until you get to the top.
- Moisten the sand and leave it outside in a cold place. In the summer bury
the pot in case the contents dry out. Make sure to mark the spot!
- In March twelve months inspect the pots. You will see lots of tiny white
- Gently lift the little plants by holding their shoots. Transfer them to
well-washed empty one litre milk cartons. (Make sure these have holes in the
bottoms). Watch them grow.
- You can sell them when they are three years old. Some people like to remove
the flesh from the berries before they put them in sand. To do this leave
them in a plastic bag until the flesh rots. Then wash them under the tap.