How to care for your Pieris plant

by | Mar 17, 2010 | Caring for your Plants

Dear Dee,
I have had two Peris plants/bushes that have not done well at all. I understood that they need sun. I had them in full sun. Then I put them in partial sun and still one has died and the other is dying. I am in the Dayton, Ohio area that I believe is the 5 zone. Please help me.

I thank you so much in advance.
Jerri

Dear Jerri,
Pieris is a beautiful shrub and is hardy in your zone 5.  We can’t grow it here in Minnesota because our climate is too cold.  It is also called Japanese andromeda and commonly called lily of the valley bush.  Pieris is evergreen and does well in sun to light shade.  It requires moist, loose organic soil.  From what I have read that is the most important requirement.  It also likes acidic conditions and the soil ph of 6.1 to 6.5 would be ideal.  All parts of the plant are poisonous. I hope this helps you to determine what would help your existing plant.  I was taught that if basic needs of the plant are met usually plants respond well.  My guess would be to be sure you water pieris well and have nice loose soil for good drainage.  Thanks for your very interesting question.

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