Skimmia japonica 'Rubella'
Japanese skimmia (male)
- Position: partial to full shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: April to May
- Flower colour: pink
- Other features: male plant
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A compact male shrub with red-margined, deep green leaves. Dark red flower buds are produced in autumn and these last all through the winter until the flowers open in spring. A great shrub for growing in a pot or for filling in gaps in the garden border.
- Garden care: Lightly trim after flowering, if necessary. To improve the moisture retention qualities of the soil add plenty of well-rotted compost when planting.
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Q:My skimmias rubella are yellowing and dying despite good soil. Any ideas please. My skimmia kew green are unaffected.Asked on 30/3/2013 by crazygardener from gloucester
There are two things that spring to mind. The first is either too much or too little water, while the other is a lack of nutrients. If you think the watering is OK, then I would feed them with a good general purpose fertiliser like Growmore.
http://www.crocus.co.uk/product/_/j-arthur-bowers-bowers-growmore/classid.1000000175/Answered on 2/4/2013 by Helen from Crocus
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