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White to pink flowers, dark green leaves, coral red fruits… As beautiful as she looks, she needs a ton of nutrients, doesn't she? Which fertilizers can be used for the Skimmie and what needs to be considered when fertilizing?

Fertilizer promotes the abundance of flowers in the skimmia

What are the reasons for fertilizing the Skimmie?

Fertilizing this popular ornamental plant is recommended for several reasons:

  • for rich flowers
  • for lush fruit (for female plants)
  • for dense foliage
  • for good growth
  • to increase resistance to diseases

In the field, compost is sufficient

Fertilizing is the aspect of care where the skimmia is frugal. From April to September (her main growing season) she can be supplied with fertilizer such as compost at intervals of 4 to 8 weeks. The compost is enough for her.

It is even easier to cover the Skimmie with a layer of mulch, for example grass clippings or bark. The mulch (€239.00) slowly releases the nutrients it contains and watering is less necessary due to the better storage of moisture.

Attention: The fertilizer should be lime-free, not applied to the leaves and never applied in winter! In addition to compost, the following fertilizers are also suitable:

  • blue grain
  • horn shavings
  • comfrey manure
  • nettle manure
  • herbal brew
  • coffee grounds

Fertilize Skimmie in the pot

If your Skimmie is in a pot, it is best to provide it with an appropriate liquid fertilizer. The liquid fertilizer is dosed as specified by the manufacturer. It is ideal if you can mix the fertilizer into the irrigation water. Potted Skimmies should be fertilized every 2 to 3 weeks. Alternatively, fertilizer sticks are also suitable.(4.48€)

Do not fertilize after repotting

If you keep your skimmia in a pot and repot it in spring, you should make sure not to add any fertilizer after repotting. The new soil (e.g. bog bed soil, rhododendron soil) usually contains enough nutrients.

Even more nutrients could overwhelm the skimmia and lead to yellow leaves, among other things. Repotting the slow-growing Skimmie every 2 years makes sense.


If you're looking to buy fertilizer for the Skimmia, you can't go wrong choosing a specially designated rhododendron fertilizer. Skimmies and rhododendrons have the same requirements.

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