Vireya Rhododendron Kisses
Showing off clusters of lovely bright pink flowers with a yellow centre, Vireya Rhododendron Kisses (Rhododendron armitii) will take your breath away when it is in full flower.
Known as the Tropical Rhododendrons, Vireya Rhododendrons bring a stunning burst of colour to your garden or pot display. These medium to large sized shrubs grow well in the warmer regions of Australia, however they also grow well in cooler areas so long as a warm sheltered position free from frost is selected.
This versatile and hardy plant will tolerate a cooler frost free winter and a warm summer so long as they are planted in a brightly shaded position, making Vireyas an extremely versatile plant for most parts of Australia.
With delicate looking foliage and large leathery leaves, Vireyas are similar to other Rhododendrons, requiring a well drained acid soil to grow to their best. A brightly lit shaded position, or morning sun only will offer these plants protection from the hot summer sun and give them the opportunity to thrive. Mulch the soil well to keep the roots cool and ensure plants are regularly watered during the hot summer months.
Vireyas resent root disturbance so potted plants do best if they are only potted up when they become potbound. Do not go up too much in the way of pot sizes as they suffer terribly if the pot is a great deal larger than it’s previous pot. It is recommended to only increase about 50mm all around. When repotting or planting out handle the roots gently so the delicate root system is not damaged, and take extra care to avoid too much disruption.
Vireya Rhododendrons come in a vast range of colours, with some varieties having a beautiful fragrance. They make a delightful and long lasting cut flower if you wish to enjoy their vibrant colours flowers inside. The trumpet shaped flowers appear in large clusters and can be produced throughout the year, however the main flushes tend to be during autumn and spring. For best results a slow release fertiliser or blood & bone can be applied at the recommended rate for flowering shrubs to help your plant thrive all year round.
If flowers are left on the shrub a light prune as flowers are dying off will encourage new growth and a more compact shape.
Supplied as a potted plant.
- Suitable for areas with part shade
- Suitable for areas with full shade
- Ideal in pots or containers
- Suitable to cut for vases
- Grows 1.5m wide
- Grows to 2m high
- Ideal Growing Regions:
- Mild Tropical
- View growing regions on the Climate Map
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Establish which coloured region you live in and then consider the varieties listed as typically suited to that area. The Australian Climate Guide map is intended as a guide only as climatic conditions vary between specific locations. Factors such as local altitude, wind and the proximity of hills, mountains and bodies of water can cause variations from the generalised climate map. Note also that although a plant may be listed as suitable for a particular region, it may still require protection from extremes such as frost or strong winds. You should also consider its requirements for sun, shade and water.
Remember that you can often extend the range of plants that you can grow by creating micro-climates within your garden. Planting under trees, beside brick walls or in the shelter of a building, on high or low points in the garden can all have an effect. Even planting by a pond or surrounded by rocks can be used to advantage. Part of the joy of gardening can be experimenting and nothing is more pleasing that achieving success with a plant that is not usually seen in your area.
The map is based on Australian Bureau of Meteorology 30 year climatology data from 1961-1990. The zones are based on both temperature and humidity:
- Tropical – hot humid summer .
- Mild Tropical – warm humid summer
- Semi-arid – hot dry summer, cold winter
- Arid – hot dry summer, cold winter
- Temperate – warm summer, cool winter
- Cool – mild-warm summer, cool winter