Do you prune Vireyas?
Vireyas really benefit from a good hard prune, just as long as you know what you are doing. If you start when the plant is young, and pinch out the growing tips of branches, you will encourage the growth of more branches further down the plant.
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.
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.
How do you look after a vireya plant?
Things to remember
- Ensure good drainage.
- Do not plant deeply.
- Do not over pot.
- Mulch well.
- Do not mulch with lawn clippings or sawdust.
- Do not plant of place plants in full sun.
- Do not dig close to planted out Vireyas.
- Do not fertilise dry plants.
Can you put blood and bone on rhododendron?
Rhododendrons do not need a rich soil. We recommend light application (i.e. a handful per average sized plant) of 2 parts blood and bone and 1-part superphosphate fertiliser, at the end of September and again in late January. DO NOT ADD FERTILISER TO THE SOIL WHEN PLANTING: peat/bark is all that is required.
How big do Vireyas grow?
Saxon Blush grows just 40 cm high, while Saxon Glow is a little taller, 60cm. Both are easy-care evergreens, ideal for patio pots, garden beds and conservatories. Use anywhere for a stunning burst of colour. Several different varieties planted in a clump will almost certainly produce all year round flowers.
How do you strike a rhododendron?
Tropical vireya rhododendrons are dead easy to strike from cuttings, as are azaleas and camellias. Just cut off pieces of hardened new growth that are about 10-15cm long (that’s 4-6” in the old money). Remove the lower leaves, just retaining 2 leaves at the top. Dip the base of the cuttings in Manuka honey.
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.
Can you grow rhododendrons in Qld?
RHODODENDRONS QUEENSLAND. After 26 years of breeding and testing, we are pleased to introduce a range of rhododendrons that may be grown anywhere in eastern Australia – yes anywhere! Either in pots or in ground, these rhododendrons can bloom freely just like you’ve seen in England.
What is the best fertilizer for rhododendron?
We suggest using Fertilome Azalea, Rhododendron, Camellia Food which should to be applied every 4-6 weeks during the growing season between flowering in spring and bud set in early fall. Liquid fertilizers can be applied as a supplement, but we highly suggest a slow release granular-based fertilizer for outdoor shrubs.
Can you grow a rhododendron from a branch?
Cuttings: 1) Most rhododendrons and evergreen azaleas may be propagated from stem cuttings. Cuttings are usually taken in the early fall from new growth that is just beginning to harden off.
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.
Who are Vireya New Zealand?
We are a leading grower of Vireyas in New Zealand, with over 50 years of combined Vireya knowledge. We are both trained horticulturalists and our aim is to produce quality plants, which are accurately named, at an affordable price. We also aim to introduce new varieties as they become available, either our own or from other reputable sources.
Are vireyas rhododendrons?
In general, Vireyas are known as rhododendrons consisting of scales with seeds that have a long tail at every end. 1 What Is A Vireya Rhododendron?
Where do vireyas grow?
Numbering over 300 species, vireyas can be found growing across much of S. E. Asia, principally in New Guinea, Borneo, Sulawesi, Sumatra and the Philippines. Although these are tropical regions, vireyas mostly grow in the cool mountainous areas, either as epiphytes high in the tall trees of the cloud forest, or in more open ground in shrubberies.
Are vireyas epiphytes or terrestrial plants?
And some vireyas are both epiphytic and terrestrial. Some vireya rhododendrons are terrestrial and often found in grass lands, growing in mossy areas on the soil, but most that grow in the rain forest are also epiphytes or are only epiphytes, growing on other plants in the rain forest with their roots growing on the bark (not parasitically).