Sick, yellow skimmia

flash_gardenJuly 19, 2014

Need some help. Planted these skimmia a year ago. North facing, as you can see against a brick porch. Decent soil, but also plenty of clay that is common in the Portland area. Planted them in the fall. Not long after they started turning yellow from the leaf edges in, and then they started dropping.

They made it thru this spring, but only one showed any reasonable growth. Lost one of the four. Have a replacement, but don't want to put it in the ground yet until I can figure out -- and hopefully resolve -- the problem. I have looked at it and don't see any bugs on it.

Any ideas of what is causing the yellowing and how to get these things growing and vibrant? I have a mix of male and female.

Thanks for your help

This post was edited by flash_garden on Sat, Jul 19, 14 at 0:49

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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

North facing is good as they like shade to partial shade. But what is your soil? Clay won't hurt them but Skimmias do prefer slightly acidic soil. Even if your soil is acidic is it possible the house foundations are causing limey patches near the base of the walls where these shrubs are planted?

This post was edited by floral_uk on Sat, Jul 19, 14 at 10:33

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gardengal48

I'd go with improper soil pH as well. And they may also have mite issues.........skimmia are extremely prone to mites if at all stressed.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 2:36PM
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