Andrometra (King of hearts) - Knowledgebase Question

Rochester, NY
Question by relinel
April 20, 2005
Last summer I planted 3 plants Andrometra (King Of hearts) i noticed all three looking very sad .. the leafs are drying out. Is there anything i can do try to save them ? would changing the soil or moving them would help ? please let me know if i can do anything ...
sincererley Livia Meyers

Answer from NGA
April 20, 2005


Japanese andromeda or Pieris japonica is a broadleafed evergreen that should be hardy into zone 6 or so depending on cultivar. I am not finding any references to a cultivar of this plant called King of Hearts, so I hope this is the overall plant you are writing about. Your zone based on your zip code would be substantially colder, 5B. Depending on your microclimate it could be a bit warmer (in a sheltered urban location) or a bit colder if you are in an exposed, cold and windy rural location. It may be that your plants are simply suffering winter stress due to cold and/or excessive wind exposure. New plants are more susceptible to this than older well established and well rooted plants. However, I would suggest you consult with the nursery staff where you purchased the plants and/or with your county extension to see if the discoloration is due to winter or if there is some other cause such as poorly drained soil or even pest or disease damage and based on that, decide how to proceed. I'm sorry you are having trouble with your plants.

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