Plant Care Japanese Skimmia

Japanese Skimmia

About Japanese Skimmia

Japanese Skimmia is a low, evergreen shrub that grows to 4 feet tall and as wide or wider. It provides year-round interest with evergreen leaves, showy spring flowers in clusters and red fall drupes that persist into winter. It has also been used in bonsai.

Taxonomy

Skimmia japonica
Skimmia
Rutaceae
Sapindales

Also known as

Skimmia, Skimmia and Japanese skimmia

How to care for Japanese Skimmia

💦 Water

How often to water your Japanese Skimmia

Water needs for Japanese Skimmia
0.5 cups
every 9

Japanese Skimmia needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Japanese Skimmia

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Skimmia in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Japanese Skimmia: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Japanese Skimmia may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Japanese Skimmia in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Japanese Skimmia

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Japanese Skimmia: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Japanese Skimmia after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Japanese Skimmia is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Skimmia →

Common Skimmia Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Japanese Skimmia prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Skimmia Water Frequency →

Skimmia Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Japanese Skimmia may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Skimmia Light Requirements →

Skimmia Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Japanese Skimmia is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


🪴 Soil

Japanese Skimmia does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Skimmia →

When and How to Successfully Repot Skimmia →


💩 Fertilizer

Japanese Skimmia grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Japanese Skimmia grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.

How and When to Prune Skimmia →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Japanese Skimmia can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 7a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Skimmia Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Japanese Skimmia can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Japanese Skimmia

Japanese Skimmia

Japanese Skimmia


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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