Pieris

Pieris

Life form Bush
Family Ericaceae
Origin China, Japan, Taiwan
Ease of cultivation Requires special care
The size Usually from 50 cm to 2 m
Growth rate Average
Lifespan Many years with proper care.
Temperature In summer: no higher than 68, in winter a temperature of 50 ° F is desirable. However, Pieris japonica can endure temperatures down to -4 ° F (although doing so may damage the young plant organs). If Pieris winters on the balcony in the winter, it must be protected.
Humidity High or medium, not too sensitive to humidity.
Lighting More suitable is diffuse light or partial shade.
The soil Suitable ready-ground “Azalia” with the acidity of pH 4.5-5.5. For the soil of your own preparation, you can take equal parts of peat, leaf land and sand. You can add one piece of land from under the coniferous forest. It is mandatory to use drainage.
Watering In summer, regular watering 2-3 times a week of plants in a pot, and growing in the garden 1-2 times a week, the soil should not dry up. It is also dangerous and water-logging. In the winter, watering is drastically reduced. Use preferably soft water.
Fertilizer From spring to autumn every two weeks with liquid fertilizer without lime. Transplanted plants do not fertilize for 2 months.
Reproduction The apical half-aged cuttings in the summer (late August) in a mixture of peat and perlite (or sand) using heteroauxin. In the future, plant cuttings separately. Pieris can be propagated by seeds (inoculating them into bowls with a mixture of sand and peat).
Bloom Blooms in March-April, more often in the middle of summer, white (in some species pink and red) flowers are collected in apical inflorescences.
Transfer Once in 2-3 years in spring in a larger pot.
Features of care Pieris Although often sold as a houseplant, however, it should be put on a balcony or veranda and are best planted in the spring garden. It is necessary to regularly remove the discolored inflorescence and dry twigs. It is necessary to carry out pruning and before the vegetation Pieris. Acquire the plant best in the spring, choosing the most developed and formed. A special feature of Pieris is a bright leaf color (red, white, pink) and its seasonal change.
Difficulties It is affected by a spider mite. With a lack of moisture and dry air, the leaves dry and fall off. Yellowish tint leaves (chlorosis), when the leaves turn yellow at first along veins appears when insufficiently acidic soil (pH can be adjusted making peat or chelate of iron – 5.10 g per bucket of water). It is affected by fungal diseases, phytophthora is absent, from other fungi treated with fungicides.
Air cleaning
Toxicity Species of this genus can be harmful to animals. Eating, especially in large quantities, can cause serious consequences for the heart, liver, kidneys or brain.


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