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How do you care for Pieris japonica Flaming Silver?

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils.

Is Pieris Flaming Silver fast growing?

Broadleaf evergreen, variegated shrub, small, slow growing, to 5 ft (1.5 m) tall in 10 years, similar width.

How do you care for a Pieris japonica fire?

Water regularly – weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Provide organically rich, slightly acidic, evenly moist, well-drained soil, with protection from harsh winds. Thrives in dappled shade. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system.

Is Pieris japonica fast growing?

It is a large variety which grows to around 1.5 -2.5 metres in 10 years. Again, fully hardy H5 which is tolerant of low temperatures to -15c. There are plenty of smaller varieties, such as P. japonica ‘Compacta’ with fragrant, white blooms in spring and is a heavy-flowering dwarf form.

Can Pieris be cut back hard?

If your Pieris is very large and overgrown, you can undertake hard pruning to rejuvenate it entirely, by cutting out around 1/3 of the old wood and, if necessary, cutting back hard to the required size and shape. Hard pruning will likely lead to loss of flowering the following year, and perhaps the year after that.

Do Pieris plants need ericaceous soil?

Where to grow pieris. Pieris requires acid soil which is moist but well-drained, and a sheltered, partially shaded spot. If you don’t have acid soil then choose a compact cultivar and grow it in a container of peat-free ericaceous soil.

Is Pieris japonica fragrant?

The Pieris japonica is a perfect year-round evergreen shrub and a recommended plant for adding interest in a winter garden design. The lightly-fragrant pieris flowers bloom in abundance from late winter and throughout spring. It certainly adds interest to an early spring garden.

Does Pieris japonica need sun?

This plant prefers full sun to partial shade. Prefers moist, well-drained, acidic soil enriched with organic matter. It is is intolerant of wet soils and need protection from winter winds. Problems: Leaf spot, dieback, nematodes, and lace bug are major problems.

Do Pieris lose their leaves in winter?

New growth of the foliage is red in spring and summer, then turns dark green through fall and winter. A good location for Pieris japonica is at an entranceway where it can be shown to full advantage.

Will Pieris grow in full shade?

Grow Pieris japonica in a sheltered, partially shaded spot in moist but well-drained, acidic soil.

Do pieris plants need ericaceous soil?

Can you take cuttings from a Pieris?

Pieris grows from softwood cuttings, or that year’s new growth. Wait until mid-summer to take your cuttings, after the plant has finished blooming. Remove all but the top set or two of leaves, and sink the cutting in a pot of 1 part compost to 3 parts perlite. Keep the growing medium moist.

What are the symptoms of the Pieris japonica?

Tingling sensation, salivation, nose running, eyes watering, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, abdominal pain, headache, cardiac failure, weakness, and convulsions; may be fatal.

Where does Pieris japonica grow in the world?

Pieris japonica is an evergreen in the heath family, Ericaceae. It is native to eastern China, Taiwan, and Japan where it grows in mountain thickets.

How big does a Little Heath japonica get?

‘Little Heath’ – compact; bronze-red new growth develops into yellowish green variegation when mature, may revert to a green form which is propagated and sold as ‘Little Heath Green’ (Dirr, 1998). ‘Mountain Fire’ – vivid red new growth, white flowers. ‘Prelude’ – P. j. var. yakushimanum, dwarf, 2 ft x 3 ft (60-90 cm), white flowers.

Is the nectar of a Pieris japonica poisonous?

Leaves and nectar are poisonous, causing transient mouth burning, followed hours later by vomiting, coma, and convolutions.