Pieris japonica, which is also known as Japanese andromeda, is unique because its foliage changes continuously throughout the seasons. Although it can be fussy at times, Japanese andromeda can be successfully grown as long as attention is paid to detail.Continue Reading
Japanese andromeda plants prefer an area with full or partial shade.
Japanese andromeda plants thrive in rich, well-drained soil. Gardening Know How recommends using a soil with an acidic pH level and a substantial amount of organic matter. For a richer soil, mix in a thick layer of compost. Japanese andromeda does not grow in alkaline soil.
The soil should be kept consistently moist without saturating it. Water the plant deeply and slowly so that the soil can absorb as much moisture as it can.
During the winter and the early summer, give Japanese andromeda fertilizer made for plants that prefer acidic soil. A camellia or azalea fertilizer can be used to improve the soil's nutrients and change the pH level. Follow the suggestions on the manufacturer's label.
The shape of Japanese andromeda is naturally aesthetically pleasing, so most gardeners allow it to grow freely. Any necessary trimming should be performed after the flowers decline.