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Best in acid or neutral soils, pieris are essential spring border shrubs. Elsewhere, they will grow exceptionally well in containers of lime-free, ericaceous compost. They are mountain forest plants, originally from the Far East, and appreciate a little shade to prevent scorching to the new shoots, and some shelter from late spring frosts, which cause similar damage. 'Mountain Fire' holds the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in recognition of its outstanding excellence. Its glossy leaves are red when young, turning chesnut-brown.
Cultivar: Mountain Fire
Plant type: Evergreen shrub
Flower colour: White
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Colourful new growth, Flowers
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Moist
Hardiness: Half hardy
Skill level: Experienced
Time to take cuttings: June to July
Flowering period: June to July
Can you tell me how to take a cutting as I have just bought one and would love to take a cutting in June or July but am a complete novice. I have it n a balcony and is it alright to leave it out all winter or could I take it in the house when it gets very cold or is there some way I can protect it if I leave it outside? I would appreciate any advice as I love plants but don't know much about them.
I have several japonica plants in my garden not ever knowing its true name,however it resembles
rubella skimmia,bearing a fruit"quince",so I have always been told.I would like to know if it is safe to cut back the woody stems as not to damage this wonderful fruit bearer at this time of year [october]
This shrub has developed Black sooty coverings on its leaves for the first time since I moved in 7 yars ago... as has a Rhododendron.... which has never really flowered even though I feed it the right stuff... any clues????????????
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