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The Skimmia - evergreen balcony plant for winter

The Skimmia - evergreen balcony plant for winter



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If you want to make more out of your balcony and also want to look at great-looking plants in autumn and winter, it is good to get a Skimmia (Skimmie).

Skimmia brings color to the balcony

A little color is good for us, especially in the cold season - with the Skimmien you definitely have it in front of the window. This plant looks very similar to laurel, but differs in the red berries. It is evergreen and thus ensures fresh green on the balcony or terrace, even in winter.

If you don't want to do without white, wonderfully fragrant flowers in spring and deep red berries in autumn and winter, get two skimmies on the balcony and make sure that it is a male and a female plant. This is the only way to carry the pretty berries. Incidentally, these are not toxic. The Skimmie is also ideal for the terrace and balcony if you have small children.

How to plant the Skimmia properly

❖ Location & Soil:

The Skimmia feels most comfortable in a spot in partial shade. However, direct sunlight is poison for them. So always plant the skimmie in the light shade. You can also use them for planting trees, for example.

If you want to cultivate the Skimmia in a bucket, it is best to choose rhododendron or peat soil as a substrate. In the bed, Skimmie prefers humus-rich plant soil, which is well-drained and airy.

❖ Plant Skimmia:

If you would like to plant the Skimmia in a bed or in a bucket, it is best to do so in May after the ice saints. You can also plant the Skimmie in autumn, but then the plant does not have enough time to establish itself in its new location before winter sets in. Plant the Skimmia properly in the bed:

  1. Mix the soil in the bed with some compost.
  2. Now dig a sufficiently large hole.
  3. Put the skimmia in, surround it with soil and water well.

If you want to keep the Skimmia in a bucket on the terrace or balcony, you need a clay bucket with a hole in the bottom. So the skimmie is then properly planted in the tub:

  1. Place a drainage of gravel or shards of clay at the bottom of the bucket.
  2. Then give it some rhododendron or bog soil.
  3. Insert the plant and press the soil lightly.
  4. Then pour well.

How to properly care for Skimmia

❖ Pour:

The Skimmia root ball should never dry out completely. That would be the end of the plant. It is therefore best to water them regularly with rainwater. The floor should be dry before the next watering.

From August or September, you should then reduce the watering quantities more and more so that no young shoots develop before winter. Otherwise they would freeze to death in the cold season anyway. In winter you should only water on frost-free days.

❖ Fertilize:

When it comes to fertilizing, you don't have to do a lot of work at Skimmia. It is enough if you regularly work some compost into the soil from April to September.

Skimmies in the bucket, on the other hand, need a little liquid fertilizer every 14 days. Mix it with water according to the manufacturer's instructions and then pour the irrigation water directly to the roots.

❖ Cutting:

With the Skimmia you hardly ever have to pull out the pruning shears because the plant grows very slowly with us. Just remove dead wood and unwanted secondary shoots regularly. Otherwise you just have to remove the faded flowers.