Also called Japanese Andromeda or Lily of the valley bush, this beautiful shrub is native to eastern Asia and Japan. These seeds were collected from one of the very best cultivars, 'Mountain Fire' which has brilliant crimson-red spring foliage followed by sprays of creamy white flowers which resemble lily-of-the-valley. It grows best in acid soil, otherwise it is advisable to prepare a shallow bed in which plenty of peat has been incorporated.
These seeds have already been thoroughly cleaned and cold-stored for several months. They should be sown into well-drained, sandy compost at any time of the year, and covered to their own depth with sand or grit. No artificial heat is needed; the seed tray is best left in a cool spot outside and kept moist. Seeds germinate very slowly indeed in the spring after a chilling in the cold compost, regardless of when they are sown. Some seeds may take more than a year to germinate.
Common name:Japanese andromeda, Lily-of-the-valley bush, Japanese pieris