Why are there no Holly berries on my Holly bushes this year?

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  1. Faith Reaper profile image85
    Faith Reaperposted 4 years ago

    Why are there no Holly berries on my Holly bushes this year?

    I went out the other day to pick some Holly branches off of my Holly bushes for Christmas and there were no berries on them!  What happened, does anyone know why there would be no berries on my Holly bushes?  Thank you for answering.  It is funny that I just noticed there were no berries.

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  2. Jackie Lynnley profile image89
    Jackie Lynnleyposted 4 years ago

    Do you have a male bush near? Or have you pruned them lately. Both things can effect them. My neighbors gets berries after mine and mine are more in the son. Now I have never heard whether that can have anything to do with it but I have to wonder. I am sure someone will come along with a really good answer though but that is all I know.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image85
      Faith Reaperposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Jackie.  Well, I have no clue lol ... but it seems like I remember that every other year they do not get berries, so maybe they skip a year?  Maybe they will show up at a later date!  Hugs

    2. Jackie Lynnley profile image89
      Jackie Lynnleyposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Well mine always get them but there have been times I have wondered if they would so maybe they will come yet.

    3. Faith Reaper profile image85
      Faith Reaperposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I hope so.  It may be because I really never fertilize them or anything.

    4. Jackie Lynnley profile image89
      Jackie Lynnleyposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I don't either but I put pine needles under them.

    5. Faith Reaper profile image85
      Faith Reaperposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Yes...maybe mine got too cold.

  3. Ericdierker profile image52
    Ericdierkerposted 4 years ago

    Isn't it cool. They are alive. Did you go out and hug them much this year? Berries and flowers are so neato! But sometimes we just do not want to make them.
    Sometimes I do not smile. I just feel that way.

    Now to business ;-) Bees. What did you do to your bees? Bees fly from happy bushes to happy bushes and they carry happy stuff with them. Some folks get all scientific and call it pollen. No pollen and no berries.
    Bees are most likely the problem. Maybe pesticides in your area. Maybe a neighbor knocked down a hive.
    Maybe that cold snap you had.
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    1. Faith Reaper profile image85
      Faith Reaperposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      haha Thanks Eric, right, who knows!  I hope they return next year or at some point.  Blessings

    2. Ericdierker profile image52
      Ericdierkerposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I think they just needed a rest. How can anything keep up with your goodness. You bring us so much love and happiness. It is good to know Faith.

    3. Faith Reaper profile image85
      Faith Reaperposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Well thank you very much Eric!

  4. sallybea profile image98
    sallybeaposted 4 years ago

    Migrating birds often strip holly trees overnight.  These birds may be your culprits! They can strip them clean within half an hour without you noticing them.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image85
      Faith Reaperposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Oh really! I had not thought of that dear sallybea. Yes, the other day I heard a bunch of migrating birds around. Thank you for answering!

  5. Beth 53 profile image59
    Beth 53posted 4 years ago

    Here in virginia there are also no acorns, walnuts, hickory nuts, or pecans. Many plants are choosing not to reproduce, instead saving their energy for plant growth. I have been observing these changes for a few years(I'm a landscaper) and it's a little scary what's going on. I have seen whole holly hedges drop their green berries, only to rebloom a month later and then drop the next crop, while others have an overabundance. It's causing a huge problem with the bears, they have no food, so they are coming out of the woods searching! There is a shift coming, it will be survival of the fittest.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image85
      Faith Reaperposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Oh, wow!  How fascinating and terrifying at the same time!  My goodness, I am glad you have shared such information here, being a landscaper and all.  It sure will be survival of the fittest!  Thank you for answering!

    2. Ericdierker profile image52
      Ericdierkerposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Let me say Wow also. Really cool answer and I am going right over to follow this hubber!!

 
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