Pieris 'Forest Flame'
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: humus-rich, moist, well-drained acid soil or ericaceous compost
- Rate of growth: slow-growing
- Flowering period: April and May
- Hardiness: frost hardy (will need winter protection)
Glossy, brilliant red young leaves gradually turn pink, creamy white, then dark green. In late spring, clusters of pretty, ivory, nodding bell-like flowers appear, resembling lily-of-the-valley. The fiery red young foliage of this upright evergreen shrub will add a splash of vivid colour to a shady shrub border or woodland edge. One of the best varieties, this Pieris needs a moist, well-drained acid soil and shade from morning sun.
- Garden care: Add composted pine needles or peat when planting. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of composted pine needles or peat each year around the base of the plant in early spring. Remove the faded flower-heads in late spring along with any frost-damaged foliage.
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Q:Hi, my forest flame is planted in the shade but the only really healthy bit is right at the bottom, it used to be planted in full Sun and seemed to look really healthy then. Should I be pruning it sometime, it just looks really bare and unhealthy.Asked on 6/14/2014 by lal from huddersfield
Yes I would cut it back. Normally these plants don't need much pruning, but if you need to do some drastic pruning then they can be cut back hard in mid spring just as the new growth starts to come through.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 6/20/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:Pieris struggling and 'Lily of the Valley' dying back-why?
Good Afternoon, I recently bought some 'Lily of the Valley' (Convallaria majalis) from Crocus and 3 x hardy annuals and 1 x evergreen bush which were a gift for a friend. They were planted 1 day after deleivery but now the leaves are turning yellow and brown, and the plants have started drooping. Any advice on what could be causing this would be very helpful - I wouldn't have been so worried if it was just the small annual, - but the evergreen shouldn't be doing this. Thank you for any help with this matter,Asked on 8/31/2009 by Teresa Farr
A:Hello There, The Convallarias will be dying back naturally at this time of the year, so I would not be concerned about them. As for the Pieris, these like acidic conditions, so I suspect that it may not be planted in the right soil. The best thing to do would be to pot it up immediately into a really large pot fill with ericaceous compost if your friends soil is not acidic. I hope this helps Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 9/1/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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