Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
We inherited several holly bushes when we bought this property and I assumed they were all male as none produced any berries. Working on that assumption we bought a couple more - guaranteed to be female - and expected that they might get quite excited as they were surrounded by males!
Today I noticed that the two females were absolutely smothered in berries, indicating that they were happy to be there.
I took a look at the 'males' wondering how the pollen would be produced and discovered that they also had flowers which I had never noticed before - not very many - thereby torpedoing my theory that only the females had flowers and making me wonder if all the bushes were female. Thoroughly confused amateur gardener retires to computer hoping that GoY members can resolve the confusion, ie how can I determine the sex of the existing bushes, and could I try a bit of artificial insemination (with the curtains drawn of course). Does every female flower need to be fertilised to produce berries?
I hope I'm not presuming too much on your good nature by asking a fairly complex question.
- 23 Apr, 2011