I received a holly bush for Christmas and can't plant until spring. Live in Atlantic Canada with harsh winters. What do I do with it until then?
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As long as the plant is not too large for the container it's currently in and if you keep it located in a sheltered location, the shrub should be fine as is for spring planting. Though hollies are quite hardy, should you expect unusally cold weather conditions, you may want to give it some added protection (since container plants tend to be more susceptible to cold) by insulating the pot with bubble wrap (or something similar). Also, make sure that it does not dry out completely. It should receive adequate moisture through winter precip, but if it hasn't rained (or snowed) in awhile, give it some water at least once or twice monthly. For more help with caring for hollies once planted, this article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/holly/growing-holly-bushes.htm