Andromeda - Pieris
General information: A broadleaved evergreen
shrub, most Pieris varieties have abundant white flowers, although some
cultivars, notably ' Christmas Cheer' have pink blossoms. The fruits are
not showy. The plants are commonly known as andromedas, and Pieris
japonica was originally called Andromeda japonica.
Lighting: Full sun in
all but the hottest climates.
Temperature: Can take
very hot weather, although should have some partial shade above 95F. Will
take light frost, but prefers temperatures to remain above 35F.
Soil should be somewhat moist, but overwatering can cause root rot. Avoid
water with a high lime content.
Feeding: Cakes or a
20-20-20 fertilizer can be used, although an occasional dose of Miracid
helps to keep the soil acidic.
Pruning and wiring: Trim back new shoots during growth. Can be used for most styles
and sizes. Has a long flowering period, and can be pruned while still in
bloom. Remove flowers as they fade.
Repotting: Every 2-4
years in early spring. Use lime-free soil mix.
Some species suitable for bonsai: