I have a Skimmia which has been turning yellow over the last year. Is there anything I can do to bring it back to a healthy green?
Any help would be much appreciated.
Is your soil very alkaline? They always go yellow on mine to the point where I no longer grow them
Hi Nutcutlet. The soil is actually quite acidic as rhododendrons and azaleas grow well around here.
Is it getting too much sun? There are some leaves that are more 'sheltered' that look darker than those that are more exposed.
I don't know the answer then Lesley. I've often seen skimmias looking a sickly yellow or maybe a very pale edge to the leaf. I've always blamed the soil but perhaps not
Epsom salts ... Verdun in what circumstances would you apply Epsom salts and what measurements do you use please? Sounds like an effective solution that you would never read in a txt book
Thanks for the replies.
Dovefromabove - I am in Scotland therefore it is definitely not getting too much sun.
Nutcutlet - perhaps the soil is too poor as conifers used to grow in that bed.
Verdun - I will give the Epsom salts a try and give it a good mulch with organic stuff and will let you know. Fingers crossed.
Hi Verdun - thanks for that
LesleyK, if it's any help, I've got a skimmia waiting to be planted in its proper place in a new bed and I potted it up quickly in ordinary compost thinking it wouldn't matter for a few weeks. It's now sprouting lovely healthy yellow leaves!
Well done CharleyD for asking about dosage. Thanks again Verdun it sounds worth a try. I will spray the leaves as well.
Hope yours recovers soon CharleyD. As is is a young plant it probably will be OK with tlc.