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The colour­ful new shoots can be dam­aged by spring frosts, so plant pieris with shel­ter to the east to pre­vent early morn­ing sun from scorch­ing frozen shoots.

Choose a site with neu­tral or acid soil. Neu­tral soils can be made more suit­able by work­ing in com­posted pine bark.

Pieris also en­joy plenty of hu­mus. Even on acid soils, fork­ing in lime­free soil con­di­tioner is help­ful.

Adding rhodo­den­dron fer­tiliser is also ben­e­fi­cial.

A sunny site – or one in par­tial shade – is ideal. In full shade growth may be spindly and flow­er­ing sparse.

A sunny site is ideal

Be­ware of frost dam­age

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