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Alternatives to box (buxus) hedging and topiary plants for sale
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    There are a number of low maintenance evergreen shrubs that can be used as alternatives to box (buxus).

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    • Ilex crenata (japanese holly) is a low growing hardy evergreen shrub which is often used as an alternative to common box (buxus sempervens) for evergreen hedge plants or topiary. Japanese holly has small evergreen leaves and indistinct white flowers, followed by black berries. The rate of growth is about 10-20cm per year. Ilex crenata will grow to about 5 metres tall in time, but can be easily kept trimmed to topiary shapes, or a low or medium height hedge.

      Ilex crenata 'Convexa' has dark green, slightly convex, evergreen leaves. When trimmed to a hedge or topiary shape, it looks very like buxus sempervirens.

      Ilex crenata 'Stokes' is similar to ilex crenata 'Convexa', with slightly paler and flatter leaves and a slightly more compact growth habit.

      Ilex crenata 'Dark Green' and 'Green Hedge' have small dark green leaves, and are fairly similar to Convexa and Stokes.

      Ilex crenata 'Golden Gem' has good golden foliage, especially when grown in a sunny situation.

      Ilex crenata 'Blondie' has slightly larger, pale green leaves.

      Small (15-20cm) ilex crenata hedging plants are usually planted at about 4 plants per metre. Ilex crenata shrubs around 30cm tall may be planted at about 3 plants per metre, while 60cm ilex crenata bushes are usually spaced at about 2 plants to the metre. The exact spacing will depend on plant size and how complete a hedge is desired initially.

      Ilex crenata can be planted at any time when the ground is workable. The ilex crenata trees are available as container grown plants, so they are available for planting all the year round.

      Ilex crenata grows about 10-20cm a year. Ilex crenata hedging and topiary can be clipped once a year, in summer, and can then be neatened up in the autumn, if required.

      Euonymus japonicus 'Microphyllus' is a slow growing box substitute with a compact and upright growth habit, which makes it particularly suitable for low and narrow hedges. Euonymus japonicaus 'Microphyllus Aureovariegatus' is a cream/gold variegated form, and euonymus japonicus 'Microphyllus Argenteovariegatus' has green and white variegateed leaves.

      Lonicera nitida is often mistaken for box. It has smaller leaves than most box and grows faster than buxus.

      Lonicera nitida responds well to clipping, and can be used to make very fine topiary, and hedging.

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1. Ilex crenata 'Convexa' hedging plants in containers - available all the year round

Ilex crenata (small leaved holly) is a box substitute. It is an evergreen with leaves very similar to box. There are some cream flowers in summer, followed by small black berries.

Ilex crenata 'Convexa' (small leaved japanese holly) Hedging Plants

Ilex crenata `Convexa` 20cm (8in) tall in 9cm pot

£2.63 each for 1-9 plants
£2.52 each for 10-99 plants
£2.42 each for 100-249 plants
£2.31 each for 250-499 plants
£2.21 each for 500+ plants

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Ilex crenata 'Convexa' (small leaved japanese holly) Hedging Plants

Ilex crenata `Convexa` 30cm (12in) tall in 2 litre pot

£6.83 each for 1-9 plants
£6.51 each for 10-99 plants
£6.30 each for 100-249 plants
£5.99 each for 250-499 plants
£5.78 each for 500+ plants

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Ilex crenata 'Convexa' (small leaved japanese holly) Hedging Plants

Ilex crenata `Convexa` 60-80cm (24-28in) tall in 12 litre pot

£42.00 each for 1-9 plants
£39.90 each for 10-99 plants
£37.80 each for 100-249 plants
£35.70 each for 250-499 plants
£33.60 each for 500+ plants

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2. Small leaved holly (ilex crenata 'Convexa') topiary balls - available now

Ilex crenata (small leaved holly) is a box substitute. It is an evergreen with leaves very similar to box. There are some cream flowers in summer, followed by small black berries.

Ilex crenata 'Convexa' topiary balls

Ilex crenata `Convexa` ball 22.5cm (9in) diameter containerised

£20.00 each for 1-4 plants
£18.00 each for 5-9 plants
£16.00 each for 10+ plants

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Ilex crenata 'Convexa' topiary balls

Ilex crenata `Convexa` ball 30-35cm (12-14in) diameter containerised

£31.50 each for 1-4 plants
£29.40 each for 5-9 plants
£27.30 each for 10+ plants

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Ilex crenata 'Convexa' topiary balls

Ilex crenata `Convexa` ball 45-50cm (18-20in) diameter containerised

£136.50 each for 1-4 plants
£126.00 each for 5-9 plants
£115.50 each for 10+ plants

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Ilex crenata 'Convexa' topiary balls

Ilex crenata `Convexa` ball 55+cm (22+in) diameter containerised

£157.50 each for 1-4 plants
£147.00 each for 5-9 plants
£136.50 each for 10+ plants

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3. Ilex crenata 'Dark Green' hedging plants in containers - available all the year round

Ilex crenata 'Dark 'Green' is a small leaved, slow growing, evergreen shrub which is often used as an alternative to box.

Please email or telephone 01502 578598 for information about larger sizes of ilex crenata 'Dark Green' hedging plants.

Ilex crenata 'Dark Green' Hedging Plants

Ilex crenata `Dark Green` 15-20cm tall by 15-20cm wide in 9cm pot

£2.60 each for 1-9 plants
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£2.30 each for 250-499 plants
£2.20 each for 500+ plants

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4. Small leaved holly (ilex crenata 'Dark Green') topiary balls, cones, spirals, cubes and instant hedging troughs - available now

Ilex crenata (small leaved holly) is a box substitute. It is an evergreen with leaves very similar to box. Ilex crenata 'dark Green' has particularly small and dark green leaves. There are some cream flowers in summer, followed by small black berries.

Ilex crenata 'Dark Green' topiary balls

Ilex crenata `Dark Green` ball 22-23cm (9in) diameter containerised

£25.00 each for 1-4 plants
£23.00 each for 5-9 plants
£21.00 each for 10+ plants

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Ilex crenata 'Dark Green' topiary balls

Ilex crenata `Dark Green` cone 70cm (2ft 4in) tall containerised

£50.00 each for 1-4 plants
£47.00 each for 5-9 plants
£45.00 each for 10+ plants

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Ilex crenata 'Dark Green' topiary balls

Ilex crenata `Dark Green` ball 35-40cm (14-16in) diameter containerised

£52.00 each for 1-4 plants
£50.00 each for 5-9 plants
£48.00 each for 10+ plants

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Ilex crenata 'Dark Green' topiary balls

Ilex crenata `Dark Green` instant hedging trough 53(l)x25-30(h)x15-20(w)cm (21x10-12x6-8in) containerised

£53.00 each for 1-4 plants
£50.00 each for 5-9 plants
£47.00 each for 10+ plants

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Ilex crenata 'Dark Green' topiary balls

Ilex crenata `Dark Green` cube 35-40cm (14-16in) side containerised

£60.00 each for 1-4 plants
£57.00 each for 5-9 plants
£55.00 each for 10+ plants

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Ilex crenata 'Dark Green' topiary balls

Ilex crenata `Dark Green` ball 40-45cm (16-18in) diameter containerised

£66.00 each for 1-4 plants
£62.00 each for 5-9 plants
£60.00 each for 10+ plants

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Ilex crenata 'Dark Green' topiary balls

Ilex crenata `Dark Green` spiral 90-100cm (3ft-3ft 3in) tall containerised

£100.00 each for 1-4 plants
£95.00 each for 5-9 plants
£90.00 each for 10+ plants

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Ilex crenata 'Dark Green' topiary balls

Ilex crenata `Dark Green` ball 50-55cm (20-22in) diameter containerised

£128.00 each for 1-4 plants
£123.00 each for 5-9 plants
£118.00 each for 10+ plants

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Ilex crenata 'Dark Green' topiary balls

Ilex crenata `Dark Green` ball 67cm (2ft 3in) diameter containerised

£165.00 each for 1-4 plants
£160.00 each for 5-9 plants
£155.00 each for 10+ plants

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5. Ilex crenata 'Stokes' hedging plants in containers - available all the year round

Ilex crenata 'Stokes' is a small leaved, slow growing, evergreen shrub which is often used as an alternative to box. The plants are very nice and compact.

Ilex crenata 'Stokes' Hedging Plants

Ilex crenata `Stokes` 10-15cm tall by 15-20cm wide in 9cm pot

£2.40 each for 1-9 plants
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£2.20 each for 100-249 plants
£2.10 each for 250-499 plants
£2.00 each for 500+ plants

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Ilex crenata 'Stokes' Hedging Plants

Ilex crenata `Stokes` 15-20cm tall by 15-20cm wide in 9cm pot

£2.60 each for 1-9 plants
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£2.30 each for 250-499 plants
£2.20 each for 500+ plants

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Ilex crenata 'Stokes' Hedging Plants

Ilex crenata `Stokes` 30cm (12in) tall in 2 litre pot

£6.83 each for 1-9 plants
£6.51 each for 10-99 plants
£6.30 each for 100-249 plants
£5.99 each for 250-499 plants
£5.78 each for 500+ plants

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6. Small leaved holly (ilex crenata 'Stokes') topiary balls - available now

Ilex crenata (small leaved holly) is a box substitute. It is an evergreen with leaves very similar to box. There are some cream flowers in summer, followed by small black berries. Stokes is a relatively compact, small leaved and mid-green leaf coloured variety of ilex crenata.

Ilex crenata 'Stokes' topiary balls

Ilex crenata `Stokes` ball 30-35cm (12-14in) diameter containerised

£31.50 each for 1-4 plants
£29.40 each for 5-9 plants
£27.30 each for 10+ plants

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7. Ilex crenata 'Golden Gem' hedging plants bare root and in containers - available all the year round

Ilex crenata (small leaved holly) is a box substitute. It is an evergreen with leaves very similar to box. The gold leaf colour develops particularly well in a sunny or partially sunny site. There are some cream flowers in summer, followed by small black berries.

Ilex crenata 'Golden Gem' (small leaved japanese holly) Hedging Plants

Ilex crenata `Golden Gem` 15-20cm (6-8in) tall bare root

£2.63 each for 1-9 plants
£2.52 each for 10-99 plants
£2.42 each for 100-249 plants
£2.31 each for 250-499 plants
£2.21 each for 500+ plants

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Ilex crenata 'Golden Gem' (small leaved japanese holly) Hedging Plants

Ilex crenata `Golden Gem` 15-20cm (6-8in) tall in 9cm pot

£3.26 each for 1-9 plants
£3.15 each for 10-99 plants
£3.05 each for 100-249 plants
£2.94 each for 250-499 plants
£2.73 each for 500+ plants

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Ilex crenata 'Golden Gem' (small leaved japanese holly) Hedging Plants

Ilex crenata `Golden Gem` 20-30cm (8-12in) tall in 2 litre pot

£6.83 each for 1-9 plants
£6.51 each for 10-99 plants
£6.30 each for 100-249 plants
£5.99 each for 250-499 plants
£5.78 each for 500+ plants

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8. Small and golden leaved holly (ilex crenata 'Golden Gem') topiary balls - available now

Ilex crenata (small leaved holly) is a box substitute. It is an evergreen with leaves very similar to box. The gold leaf colour develops particularly well in a sunny or partially sunny site. There are some cream flowers in summer, followed by small black berries. Golden Gem is a relatively compact variety of ilex crenata, with gold leaves. The gold colour develops best in full sun.

Ilex crenata 'Golden Gem' topiary balls

Ilex crenata `Golden Gem` ball 22.5cm (9in) diameter containerised

£20.00 each for 1-4 plants
£18.00 each for 5-9 plants
£16.00 each for 10+ plants

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9. Ilex crenata 'Blondie' hedging plants in containers or bare root - available all the year round

Ilex crenata (small leaved holly) is a box substitute. It is an evergreen with leaves very similar to box. The leaves on Blondie are relatively pale green compared to other varieties of ilex crenata such as Convexa and Stokes. There are some cream flowers in summer, followed by small black berries.

Ilex crenata 'Blondie' (small leaved japanese holly) Hedging Plants

Ilex crenata `Blondie` 30cm (12in) tall in 2 litre pot

£7.50 each for 1-9 plants
£7.30 each for 10-99 plants
£7.10 each for 100-249 plants
£7.00 each for 250-499 plants
£6.90 each for 500+ plants

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10. Small leaved holly (ilex crenata 'Blondie') topiary balls - available now

Ilex crenata (small leaved holly) is a box substitute. It is an evergreen with leaves very similar to box. The leaves on Blondie are relatively pale green compared to other varieties of ilex crenata such as Convexa and Stokes. There are some cream flowers in summer, followed by small black berries.

Ilex crenata 'Blondie' topiary balls

Ilex crenata `Blondie` ball 25-30cm (10-12in) diameter containerised

£36.75 each for 1-4 plants
£34.65 each for 5-9 plants
£32.55 each for 10+ plants

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Ilex crenata 'Blondie' topiary balls

Ilex crenata `Blondie` ball 45-50cm (18-20in) diameter containerised

£110.25 each for 1-4 plants
£105.00 each for 5-9 plants
£99.75 each for 10+ plants

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11. Ilex crenata 'Green Hedge' hedging plants in bare root and containers - available all the year round

Ilex crenata (small leaved holly) is a box substitute. It is an evergreen with leaves very similar to box. There are some cream flowers in summer, followed by small black berries.

Ilex crenata 'Green Hedge' (small leaved japanese holly) Hedging Plants

Ilex crenata `Green Hedge` 15-20cm (6-8in) tall bare root

£2.52 each for 1-9 plants
£2.42 each for 10-99 plants
£2.31 each for 100-249 plants
£2.21 each for 250-499 plants
£2.10 each for 500+ plants

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Ilex crenata 'Green Hedge' (small leaved japanese holly) Hedging Plants

Ilex crenata `Green Hedge` 15-20cm (6-8in) tall in 9cm pot

£2.63 each for 1-9 plants
£2.52 each for 10-99 plants
£2.42 each for 100-249 plants
£2.31 each for 250-499 plants
£2.21 each for 500+ plants

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Ilex crenata 'Green Hedge' (small leaved japanese holly) Hedging Plants

Ilex crenata `Green Hedge` 30-40cm (12-16in) tall in 2 litre pot

£6.00 each for 1-9 plants
£5.80 each for 10-99 plants
£5.60 each for 100-249 plants
£5.40 each for 250-499 plants
£5.20 each for 500+ plants

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Ilex crenata 'Green Hedge' (small leaved japanese holly) Hedging Plants

Ilex crenata `Green Hedge` 70-80cm (2ft 4-2ft 8in) tall in 5 litre pot

£15.00 each for 1-9 plants
£14.70 each for 10-99 plants
£14.40 each for 100-249 plants
£14.10 each for 250-499 plants
£13.80 each for 500+ plants

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Ilex crenata 'Green Hedge' (small leaved japanese holly) Hedging Plants

Ilex crenata `Green Hedge` 100-125cm (3ft 4-4ft 2in) tall root balled

£30.00 each for 1-9 plants
£27.00 each for 10-99 plants
£25.00 each for 100-249 plants
£23.00 each for 250-499 plants
£21.00 each for 500+ plants

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12. Euonymus japonicus 'Microphyllus' hedging plants bare root and in containers - available all the year round

Euonymus japonicus 'Microphyllus' is a small, slow growing evergreen shrub which is often used as an alternative to dwarf box (buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa').

Euonymus japonicus 'Microphyllus' hedging plants

Euonymus japonicus `Microphyllus` 15-20cm (6-8in) bare root

£2.84 each for 1-9 plants
£2.63 each for 10-99 plants
£2.42 each for 100-249 plants
£2.21 each for 250-499 plants
£2.00 each for 500+ plants

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Euonymus japonicus 'Microphyllus' hedging plants

Euonymus japonicus `Microphyllus` 15-20cm (6-8in) 9cm pot

£2.94 each for 1-9 plants
£2.73 each for 10-99 plants
£2.52 each for 100-249 plants
£2.31 each for 250-499 plants
£2.10 each for 500+ plants

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13. Euonymus japonicus 'Microphyllus Aureovariegatus' hedging plants bare root and in containers - available all the year round

Euonymus japonicus 'Microphyllus Aureovariegatus' is a small, slow growing, creamy gold variegated evergreen shrub which is often used as an alternative to variegated box.

Euonymus japonicus 'Microphyllus Aureovariegatus' hedging plants

Euonymus japonicus `Microphyllus Aureovariegatus` 15-20cm (6-8in) bare root

£2.84 each for 1-9 plants
£2.63 each for 10-99 plants
£2.42 each for 100-249 plants
£2.21 each for 250-499 plants
£2.00 each for 500+ plants

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Euonymus japonicus 'Microphyllus Aureovariegatus' hedging plants

Euonymus japonicus `Microphyllus Aureovariegatus` 15-20 (6-8in) 9cm pot

£2.94 each for 1-9 plants
£2.73 each for 10-99 plants
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£2.10 each for 500+ plants

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14. Euonymus japonicus 'Microphyllus Argenteovariegatus' hedging plants bare root and in containers - available all the year round

Euonymus japonicus 'Microphyllus Argenteovariegatus' is a small, slow growing, silver variegated evergreen shrub which is often used as an alternative to variegated box.

Euonymus japonicus 'Microphyllus Argenteovariegatus' hedging plants

Euonymus japonicus `Microphyllus Argenteovariegatus` 15-20cm (6-8in) bare root

£2.84 each for 1-9 plants
£2.63 each for 10-99 plants
£2.42 each for 100-249 plants
£2.21 each for 250-499 plants
£2.00 each for 500+ plants

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Euonymus japonicus 'Microphyllus Argenteovariegatus' hedging plants

Euonymus japonicus `Microphyllus Argenteovariegatus` 15-20 (6-8in) 9cm pot

£2.94 each for 1-9 plants
£2.73 each for 10-99 plants
£2.52 each for 100-249 plants
£2.31 each for 250-499 plants
£2.10 each for 500+ plants

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15. Lonicera nitida 'Maygreen' hedging plants - available all the year round

Lonicera nitida 'Maygreen' is a box substitute. It is an evergreen with leaves very similar to box.

Lonicera nitida has smaller leaves than box, and grows faster than box. It responds well to clipping. So lonicera nitida is suitable for very fine topiary and small to medium sized hedging.

Lonicera nitida 'Elegans' has slightly darker leaves than lonicera nitida 'Maygreen'.

Lonicera nitida 'Maygreen' hedging plants

Lonicera nitida `Maygreen` 20-25cm (8-10in) bare root

£2.84 each for 1-9 plants
£2.63 each for 10-99 plants
£2.42 each for 100-249 plants
£2.21 each for 250-499 plants
£2.00 each for 500+ plants

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Lonicera nitida 'Maygreen' hedging plants

Lonicera nitida `Maygreen` 20-25cm (8-10in) in 9cm pots

£2.94 each for 1-9 plants
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£2.52 each for 100-249 plants
£2.31 each for 250-499 plants
£2.10 each for 500+ plants

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16. Lonicera nitida 'Elegans' hedging plants - available all the year round

Lonicera nitida 'Elegans' is a box substitute. It is an evergreen with leaves very similar to box.

Lonicera nitida has smaller leaves than box, and grows faster than box. It responds well to clipping. So lonicera nitida is suitable for very fine topiary and small to medium sized hedging.

Lonicera nitida 'elegans' has slightly darker leaves than lonicera nitida 'Maygreen'.

Lonicera nitida 'Elegans' (Boxwood Honeysuckle) Hedging Plants

Lonicera nitida `Elegans` 20-25cm (8-10in) bare root

£3.05 each for 1-9 plants
£2.84 each for 10-99 plants
£2.63 each for 100-249 plants
£2.42 each for 250-499 plants
£2.21 each for 500+ plants

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Lonicera nitida 'Elegans' (Boxwood Honeysuckle) Hedging Plants

Lonicera nitida `Elegans` 20-25cm (8-10in) 1 litre pot

£3.15 each for 1-9 plants
£2.94 each for 10-99 plants
£2.73 each for 100-249 plants
£2.52 each for 250-499 plants
£2.31 each for 500+ plants

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