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15/07/2013 at 18:20

I have a Skimmia that produces both berries and flowers, but I don't know which one.

I has some faded berries on it, should these be cut off or left to fall off naturally?




15/07/2013 at 19:59

I suppose if you want to tidy it up and the berries have died off there would be no reason why you shouldn't cut them off.  I can't imagine it doing any harm to the plant.

15/07/2013 at 20:20

Just leave the berries to drop off,there is no benefit in cutting them off.

16/07/2013 at 11:49

Doesn't matter either way, but if the berries are left they germinate often before dropping and can be planted in a seed tray.

I used to have a Skimia hedge which I kept to a regular height by pruning annually, cutting alternate branches/shoots as they only flower on previous seasons growth, so if you cut all of the new growth you miss a season's flowers and berries.


18/07/2013 at 09:09

Thanks all.

I think Alan10's suggestion is the best compromise


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