Plant Care Skimmia


About 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.


Skimmia japonica

Also known as

Japanese skimmia

How to care for Skimmia


How often to water your Skimmia

Water needs for Skimmia
0.5 cups
every 9

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 Skimmia

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Skimmia in your home

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

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.

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How to fertilize Skimmia

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for 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 Skimmia after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Skimmia



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


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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