How much and when to water

One of the most important aspects to consider when growing plants of the genus Skimmia is irrigation. In fact, these plants are very easily affected by drought and cannot bear long periods of water shortage. Watering must be regular and frequent during spring and summer, especially if they live in Mediterranean areas with a hot and sultry climate. The water supply must be guaranteed, avoiding possible and dangerous water stagnations that would lead to the rapid deterioration of the root system with consequent withering. Furthermore, it is advisable to use demineralized water, as the presence of limestone would certainly cause the onset of pathologies. To avoid these problems it is useful to collect and use rainwater.

How to take care of plants

The different species of Skimmia, in addition to some small attention, do not require excessive care to grow in a strong and luxuriant way. The development of these plants is slow but regular, the ideal time for planting is in spring or with the arrival of the autumn season. They require a non-calcareous, well-aerated, fertile and medium-textured soil. The ideal is to choose a mixture composed of peat, pine needles, moorland and perlite, in order to offer the most suitable context for this genus of acidophilic plants. Furthermore, water drainage, an important and indispensable aspect for optimal cultivation, must be taken care of. The repotting process is necessary when the container is too small to contain the root system entirely.

When and how to fertilize plants

The genus of these plants is characterized by being resistant and does not require special care, as regards fertilization. However, it is advisable to feed the Skimmia to ensure abundant spring flowering. The most suitable fertilizer is the one for acidophilic plants and it is possible to find it at authorized dealers. Alternatively, sulphates or urea can be used, ensuring the necessary nutritional supply. The administrations begin in the month of March and must be diluted in the water used for irrigation. The procedure is repeated approximately every fortnight. Furthermore, it is advisable to reduce fertilizations during the hottest summer months, July and August, while they should be gradually suspended with the arrival of the autumn and winter seasons.

Skimmia: Exposure, diseases and possible remedies

The exposure of Skimmia plants is highly dependent on the environmental contexts in which they are grown. In the northern regions it is advisable to place them in very sunny places while in the southern territories it is advisable to opt for areas in partial shade. In fact, too direct exposure could burn the foliage. If the leaves and branches are filled with white mold, you are facing a fungal attack called powdery mildew or more commonly white mold. In these cases it is advisable to act very promptly, using products based on sulfur and copper. In addition, the Skimmia can be prone to attacks by pests such as mealybugs, spider mites and aphids. In each of these cases it is possible to intervene with neutral soap or with suitable specific insecticides.

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