Skimmia

Skimmia

Life form Bush
Family Rutaceae
Origin Southeast Asia, Japan
Ease of cultivation Easy to grow
The size Can reach a height of 1.5 cm.
Growth rate The young plant grows slowly. In the future, the plant can increase by several centimeters per year.
Lifespan Perennial
Temperature In the summer: room temperature, preferably not higher than 86 ° F, in high heat conditions, high humidity is required, in winter not below 32 ° F. Young plants can be damaged from low temperatures
Humidity Skimia carries dry air.
Lighting She prefers partial shade, does not like bright directional light.
The soil Requires rich humus soil with the addition of peat and sand. For soil preparation:   1 part of the sod land, 1 part of coarse sand or perlite, 1/2 part of peat or humus, 1 part of the leaf earth, you can add pieces of coal. Good drainage is required, for example, the bottom layer of bricks, the top layer of sand.
Watering Abundant, in the summer every 3-6 days, the land should be constantly wet; in winter, watered occasionally, not more often 1 time per week, not allowing the drying of the earthy coma.
Fertilizer During growth, fertilizer is applied every month. It is good to apply organic fertilizers, alternating them with mineral fertilizers.
Reproduction Upper cuttings at a soil temperature of 77 ° F in summer or autumn. Cuttings (6-8 cm long) are rooted in a mixture of peat and sand. The lower pair of leaves are removed, and the cut is processed with a rootstock. For rooting, cover the stalk with a film. You can spread the seeds that need to be stratified and planted in separate pots to a depth of 1.5 cm, germinate at a temperature of at least 69,8 ° F (the pH of the mixture of peat and soil 5-5.5). A month later, a complex fertilizer is introduced, and after the seedlings grow up, they are transplanted into larger pots.
Bloom Small cream star-shaped fragrant flowers. The plant is dioecious. Flowering usually occurs in March-April or in summer. Only adult plants bloom. From the flowers are formed berries, which gradually blush.
Transfer Transplanted in spring in the pot for 2-3 cm more than the previous, not burrowing the root neck. Then planted in the garden.
Features of care Regular pruning and removal of damaged shoots are required. In the summer it is desirable to take out on the street in a shady place. Most often grown as a garden crop, it is possible to grow a plant in a pot only for a short time. Otherwise, you should provide the plant with a cool wintering. In the garden planted skimming in the spring.
Difficulties It is affected by mealybugs, scutes, spider mites. The lower leaves turn yellow and fall off as a result of the process of natural aging. Leaves can dry out as a result of sunburn.With a lack of magnesium and iron, yellowing of the leaves is possible. Leaves are light green with a lack of light or nutrients. Skimia suffers from fungal infections.
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