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I have 2 Sarcococca confusa planted in pots with Skimmia japonica and the leaves of all 4 plants are turning a sickly yellow. The Sarcococcas have black berries and there does appear to be new growth coming through on the bare stems. I have fed with a liquid feed for acid loving plants. Do you have any other advice please?

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  • Posted: Sat. 6th October 2012 08:35

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Reply from Angie Robertson

Can I ask how long these plants have been in the container? Is each plant in a separate pot or planted together?
Is there a chance that the pots could be waterlogged - eg not enough drainage or no drainage holes in the bottom?
Sorry for the questions but the answers may help to find a cause to your problem. If possible a photo of your plants may also be helpful.
Angie

  • Posted: Sat. 6th October 2012 15:25

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Reply from Jane

They have been in for over 2 years and there are 2 pots. Each container has 1 Sarcococca & 1 Skimmia planted together. There is definitely drainage in the bottom but over time it could have become blocked and waterlogged. I have included pics but after I had removed a lot of the yellow leaves from the Skimmia. Thanks for your help.

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  • Posted: Sat. 6th October 2012 16:47

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Reply from Angie Robertson

Thanks for posting your pics.
I tend to think that drainage is the issue - I am unable to see from your picture if the pots are raised from the ground - if they are not - then you need to provide either pot feet or a couple of bricks to do this.
You may also like to investigate if your plants have become pot bound. If this is the case you will need to provide a larger container and plant up with suitable fresh compost. Consider using a suitable slow release pellet feed in your pots. Although if you pot up into fresh compost you shouldn't need to worry about that this year.
It's also worth while considering to replace the top few inches of compost every year in springtime - this also adds nutrients and you can tell if your plants are becoming too large for the container.
Angie

  • Posted: Sun. 7th October 2012 16:28

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Reply from Jane

Thanks Angie. I raised the pots onto pot 'feet' and it seems to have done the trick. The plants are definitely looking to be on the mend. Thank you for the advice. Jane

  • Posted: Sun. 11th November 2012 17:00