The Q&A Archives: Planting Pieris In High Altitude

Question: What Pieris (Forest Flame, Floribunda or Japonica) will grow well in 6500 ft. altitude? Sandy soil.

Answer: Forest Flame or Japonica are rated for your zone, but both will require protection from sun and wind. Also, they don't do well with salts in the soil (which you most likely have in your area), so when you irrigate, be sure to water slowly and deeply to leach salts past the root zone, at least 2-3 feet. Both require consistent moisture, especially in sandy soil, which doesn't retain water that well.

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