Variegated False Holly Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Variegatus'
Small evergreen shrub with many erect branches to form a mound. Leathery holly-like leaves are irregularly spined and dark green edged in creamy-white.
False Holly Care
|Temperature:||Room temperatures between 55-85ºF|
|Light:||Most books and guides will agree that bright light without direct sunlight should be provided. However, providing some direct sunlight is great for the False Holly to grow well, but you need to only provide some morning or a small amount of pre-sunset.|
|Watering:||It is best to keep the soil moist at all times, but not soggy.|
|Soil:||A peat based potting mix is required. 2 parts peat and 1 part perlite (maybe a little less) is one mixture that will be fine. A peat based mixture with organic material is also good.|
|Fertilizer:||From April - September feed the plant with a weak diluted fertilizer every 2 weeks to encourage new growth and healthy looking leaves.|
|Re-Potting:||Watch out to see if the plant is becoming unstable and move to a larger pot if it is.|
|Humidity:||Humidity may need to be improved if it becomes low and the plant is showing signs of being affected by dry air. You can improve the humidity by standing the plant in a humidity tray, a tray of peat moss or use an electronic humidifier.|
|Propagation:||Through seeds, or by stem cuttings, making sure to cleanly cut enough (3-4" of the branch) and root in soil using a rooting hormone|