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Yellowing leaves on a Skimmia


By Rosiek

United Kingdom Gb

I have a 3 year old skimmia in my front garden which I moved from a pot to the ground about 3 months ago. I have noticed the leave around the botton of the stems are turning yellow and some have dropped off. There is no spotting or marks on the leaves and no signs of a beastie, it is in a shady area and well watered. Is it sick or is this something which happens periodicly as it lived happily in the pot. What do you recommend?

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I have also got a skimmia with yellowing lower leaves, I moved it to a larger pot for display in my front garden, I planted it in ericaceous compost but the leaves have gone very yellow like yours without any spotting, I am interested to find out what the cause is if anyone knows. Janet

8 Oct, 2008


Do you know what your soil is like - is it on the acid side which Skimmias prefer? It sounds as if the soil is to blame to me - try watering it with Sequestrene and I hope that it recovers.

8 Oct, 2008


Thanks Spritzhenry, I will try that. Janet, didn't mean to steal your question RosieK!!!

8 Oct, 2008


Yellowing leaves on Skimmia is normally caused by exposure to full sun. They do like a nice bit a shade. Try miving into a semi-shady spot and feed with sequestrian.

8 Oct, 2008


Thanks Spritzhenry & Plantgeek.
I did plant it with ericaceous soil mixed in but maybe not enough I will try your suggestion of the Sequestrene and as it only get the sun early in the morning I don't think too much sun light is the problem. Janet your more than welcome to jump in I hope your's gets better soon.

8 Oct, 2008


Once they've turned yellow it takes quite a long time for them to recover after watering with sequestrene but they do eventually. I've had two that have done this.

8 Oct, 2008

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