Posted: 31/01/2014 at 09:07
I bought a skimmia from a garden centre last winter, due to the lovely red / mauve colour it offers throughout the colder months.
I planted it in a semi shady spot (in a raised bed with good soil and plenty of compost mixed in).
Throughout the summer it got a little bit crowded out by the perennials surrounding it, but I made sure it has access to some sunlight, and I noticed the leaves turning a slight yellowy hue. I wasn't worried as thought it was just the plant settling in.
This autumn / winter I have noticed that the plant has started to grow nicely and the leaf colour has recovered somewhat, however there is not a flower to be seen!
I have seen some websites advise to plant Skimmias in acidic, or at least semi acidic soil, and some sites suggest the Skimmia is tolerant of most soil types. Could this be the problem? As the soil in my raised bed is PH neutral to alkaline.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can coax it to flower next year?