Ilex Crenata Caroline Upright Topiary Balls - In upto 5 size options: Unfortunately the Buxus caterpillar seems to be well and truly on our shores and without regular treatment their onslaught seems unstoppable. Ilex has long been touted as a replacement and in our opinion Caroline Upright is the closest we have come across, to an untrained eye they are almost identical to Buxus. Ilex are an easily cared for plant if planted correctly, they thrive in Acidic soil or ericaceous compost and food should be something similar to what you would use for Rhododendron or other acid loving plants. As with all Ilex if your soil is not acidic you need to make it acidic this can be done in several ways you can add acidic soil or ericaceous compost to the planting area or treat the area with Sulphate Of Iron 2 or 3 times a year, this will keep acid levels high and Ilex healthy.
Whilst fully hardy and robust these plants do not tolerate drought therefore during the drier months when the plants are actively growing the planting area must be kept moist, a dry planting area will almost certainly lead to leaf drop and in severe cases the plant or plants will not recover.
All sizes apart from 50/55cm can be delivered by standard courier, unfortunately the larger plants are to heavy for a box so have to be delivered by ourselves or overnight pallet service. As a rough guide we personally deliver to most postcodes south of the nursery and if heading north upto approximately Manchester and Leeds. Delivery method and cost for larger plants will be confirmed in the checkout process when the postcode is entered.