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imageimageHi, I have been told that my container grown Skimmia Japonica has a leaf virus and should dispose of both plant and soil. I'm reluctant to do this as I have 7 of them in a community garden with no funds to replace them. If they have a virus is there anyway I could save them and/or the soil?

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,366

    who told you? Was it someone who knows what they're talking about?

    They're fussy plants and easily go yellow in the leaves if they're in too alkaline a soil.

    Are all seven considered to have a virus? 

  • CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,394

    So would repotting in ericaceous compost save them Nut?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,366

    It wouldn't stop them having a virus if they've got one  but don't know what the diagnosis is based on.

    The only really healthy looking skimmias I've seen are in acid soil but there's not much of that round here so I usually see yellowing ones.

  • marajj8marajj8 Posts: 3

    A landscaper told me about the leaf virus, and all are affected. I thought it was due to too much strong sun. I also saw a similar to conditions in a local park and they seem to have recovered.So I'm thinking I would try cutting some of them right back and dose with Epsom salts.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,366

    Interesting, I thought I'd replied. Must have forgotten to press go

    Landscapers may be knowledgeable plantspeople but more often they're not. It's not what the job calls for.

    I think your assessment re the sun is more likely to be correct. They're not plants for dry soil in sun and they're bound to be too dry sometimes in pots.

    Personally I think they look better in acid soil or ericaceous compost but some people don't seem to mind the yellow. I'd hold off on the cutting.

    If any skimmia experts advise you, listen to them. I am extrapolating from my experience of plants in general and only know skimmias in other people's gardens image

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,055

    The pots look tiny. I don't think they're suitable pot specimens, but if you want to keep them in pots, they need to be bigger.

    They grow extremely readily up here - wet climate, and mainly neutral to acid soil. You need to replicate the conditions. Not always easy though. A bit of shade would suit them better too - especially if you're in a drier part of the country. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • marajj8marajj8 Posts: 3

    Thanks nutcutlet I'll let you know how it goes.?

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