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How to a Plant Pieris Flower

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Overview

Pieris (Pieris japonica) is a small, flowering evergreen shrub, hardy to USDA Zones 4 through 8. If you are seeking a woodland-themed accent planting or an informal foundation plant, consider pieris flowers. The shrub blooms in late winter to early spring in bell-shaped, pink or white flowers that hang from long stems. The blooms resemble those of lily of the valley. Pieris is a member of the heath family and native to Japan.

Step 1

Decide where to plant the pieris flowers. Pieris requires partial shade and protection from wind.

Step 2

Amend the soil in the planting area by adding a 3-inch layer of compost and a 2-inch layer of sphagnum peat moss. Use a gardening fork to blend the amendments and mix them to a depth of 8 inches.

Step 3

Dig a hole twice the diameter and the same depth as the pot it came in. Remove the pieris from the pot and place the root ball on the soil in the hole. Fill the hole with soil and use your hands or feet to lightly pack the soil around the base of the pieris.

Step 4

Water the soil to the same depth at which the pieris is planted.

Step 5

Spread a 2-inch layer of pine-needle mulch on the soil around the pieris flowers. Keep the mulch at least 3 inches from the plant and spread in a 1-foot radius around it.

Tips and Warnings

  • All parts of this plant are highly toxic if ingested.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Sphagnum peat moss
  • Gardening fork
  • Shovel
  • Pine needle mulch

References

  • University of Connecticut: Pieris Japonica
  • Floridata: Pieris Japonica
  • University of Pennsylvania: Poisonous Plants
  • "‬Landscape Management:‭ ‬Planting and Maintenance of Trees,‭ ‬Shrubs and Turfgrass";‭ ‬James R.‭ ‬Feucht and Jack D.‭ ‬Butler‭; ‬1988
Keywords: plant pieris flowers, plant pieris japonica, plant pieris shrub

About this Author

Victoria Hunter has been a freelance writer since 2005, specializing in gardening-related topics and the real estate industry. She is a former broadcaster and real estate agent who has provided audio and written services to small businesses and large corporations worldwide. She writes for Ancestry.com, GardenGuides and ProFlowers, among others. Hunter holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/creative writing.