Mountain Fire shrubs in Full Sun - Knowledgebase Question

Boise, ID
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Question by cindymaestas
July 19, 2005
About 2-3 months ago I purchased and planted 4 Mountain Fire Pieris shrubs. The label on the plant said they could take full to partial sun. I planted them in full sun. They've been fine up until the last several weeks of 90-100 temperatures we've had in Boise. Now, many of their leaves are turning brown and they are clearly suffering. Much to my dismay, your web site says these are partial sun plants only. I'm not sure what to do. Trying to dig them up and transplant them seems pretty risky given that I don't have the slightest idea how I would do this (they were 5 gallon to begin with so they are pretty large). Is it better just to leave them or are they going to eventually die and I should transplant them now? Any advice you have is much appreciated.

Answer from NGA
July 19, 2005
Pieris is tolerant of some sun, but cannot tolerate full afternoon sunshine in your gardening region. Morning sunshine would be fine for them, even filtered afternoon sunshine, but not full afternoon sun. Wait until this fall when rainfall is abundant and temperatures are cooler to move your pieris to a more protected site. They should be relatively easy to dig - the root will not have ventured very far from the original planting hole in just a few short months. Next spring, just as new growth begins, prune away the damaged stems and branches and your new pieris should produce spectacular new foliage. Best wishes with your garden!

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