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What should I feed my vireya?

What should I feed my vireya?

Vireya rhododendrons is a gorgeous subtropical shrub. They love being planted in a slightly more acid soil, so avoid Lime, plant with a good mix of compost and fine bark. Feed with a slow release fertiliser (8-9 month) in early spring which will keep them happy through the spring and summer growing season.

What conditions do vireya like?

In the garden, vireyas need similar conditions to evergreen azalea — good light levels and full sun to dappled shade (though some protection against summer’s burning sun is beneficial). Strong wind will knock them around, and protection from all but the lightest frost is essential.

How do you grow Vireya rhododendrons?

Things to remember

  1. Ensure good drainage.
  2. Do not plant deeply.
  3. Do not over pot.
  4. Mulch well.
  5. Do not mulch with lawn clippings or sawdust.
  6. Do not plant of place plants in full sun.
  7. Do not dig close to planted out Vireyas.
  8. Do not fertilise dry plants.

How do you prune a vireya rhododendron?

Prune to just above a healthy whorl of leaves at the desired height. If extensive pruning is required, you may want to do it over a longer period of time rather than all at once, to allow the plant to recover. After flowering, remove spent flowers and seed pods.

How do you propagate Vireyas?

Vireya cuttings root readily. When the growth has matured, a 2- to 3-inch cutting, dipped in light rooting hormone, and stuck in peat/perlite will root in three to five weeks. Several cuttings placed in a 6-inch pot, watered in, and enclosed in a plastic bag can be rooted in a bright, warm (70°F) window.

Are rhododendrons native to Australia?

Rhododendron lochiae is a species of plant in the family Ericaceae, and is one of only two species of the genus Rhododendron that are native to Australia. It is found only in restricted areas of mountain–top cloud forest habitats within the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Site.

How tall do vireyas grow?

Size: smaller varieties grow to 45cm and are suited to pots, while shrubby vireyas can get as tall as 180cm. Cultivation: plant into well-drained soil but keep them moist.

How do you propagate vireyas?

How big do Vireyas grow?

Size: smaller varieties grow to 45cm and are suited to pots, while shrubby vireyas can get as tall as 180cm. Cultivation: plant into well-drained soil but keep them moist. Leaf mulch will help to provide their preferred, acidic soil conditions.

How do you take cuttings from vireya?

How tall do Vireyas grow?

When should I take vireya cuttings?

Cuttings of Vireyas can be rooted successfully at any time of the year. If there is a preference, outstanding results will be obtained with cuttings taken mid to late Autumn. The time of the year and bottom heat are not essential.

What should I do with my Vireya plant after it blooms?

After flowering, remove spent flowers and seed pods. Healthy and happy plants tend to be bushier — so make sure your vireya is in well-drained soil with lots of bark or other fibrous material. Vireyas prefer semi-shaded conditions, but the more light they have, the bushier they will be.

Can a Vireya plant be grown in a pot?

Despite the many difficulties, vireyas are finding their way into commerce and they now seem destined to stay there. Plants suitable for growing indoors in pots, and others for use outdoors where the climate is mild, are available. A fine garden shrub, offspring of Rhododendron christianae and R. macgregorae.

When do the flowers appear on a Vireya tree?

There’s a huge selection of flower colours ranging from pale creams and crisp whites, to brilliant oranges, shocking pinks, and deep reds. The flowers appear in large clusters of trumpet shaped blooms, and are produced throughout the year, but most prolifically during Autumn and Spring.

What kind of climate does a Vireya grow in?

Vireya’s are known as the Tropical Rhododendron and bring a stunning burst of colour to your garden, or outdoor living space. They grow fantastically well in the warmer regions of Australia and will tolerate not just cold Winters, but also warm Summers, making them a versatile and hardy plant.