Plant Care Skimmia Japonica

Skimmia Japonica

About Skimmia Japonica

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

Skimmia, Skimmia and Japanese skimmia

How to care for Skimmia Japonica


How often to water your Skimmia Japonica

Water needs for Skimmia Japonica
0.5 cups
every 9

Skimmia Japonica needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in San Antonio, Texas.

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 Japonica

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Skimmia Japonica in San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

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Growing Skimmia Japonica in San Antonio right now

Light needs for plant Skimmia Japonica in San Antonio, Texas

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

January 27th, 2023

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in San Antonio is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in deter…

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Light needs for plant Skimmia Japonica in San Antonio, Texas

Sunlight will increase by 21.1% ☀️

January 27th, 2023

San Antonio is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in San Antonio is expected to increase by 21.1% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 11.5 megajoules of energy …

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Light needs for plant Skimmia Japonica in San Antonio, Texas

Daylight will increase by 0.6 hours 📈

January 25th, 2023

This month, San Antonio is getting an average of 7.0 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 5.8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.8 total hours of …

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Finding light for Skimmia in your home

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

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

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in San Antonio, Texas ⛅.


How to fertilize Skimmia Japonica

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

When to repot Skimmia Japonica

Nutrient needs for plant Skimmia Japonica in San Antonio, Texas

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

January 23rd, 2023

The growing potential in San Antonio is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to r…

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Difficulty Level

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

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Care Summary for Skimmia Japonica

Skimmia Japonica

Skimmia Japonica

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

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