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.
Originally, they're found in the South Pacific from areas surrounding Indonesia, Borneo and Malaysia.
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.
Some varieties produce flowers that are highly fragrant, white others while being equally stunning, have no fragrance.
Vireya's have a delicate root system that can be damaged, so always be gentle and take extra care when planting them to avoid too much disruption.
You'll need to re-pot your Vireya gradually into larger pot sizes, and only pot up as necessary. We recommend about a 50 mm increase in pot size each season.
These shrubs do well in large tubs, or pots as well as planted directly into the garden.
They like a brightly lit position, but do need some shelter from harsh afternoon sun during the warmer months and strong winds. Some of the larger varieties do require more shade, so always check the Plant Label that comes with yours to be sure you've found the perfect spot.
Vireya's like a moist, well draining soil or potting mix. If you're planting straight into the ground, make sure you cultivate the area thoroughly before planting to allow the roots to spread out. They also prefer an acidic soil, so avoid using any products that contain lime.
Give your Vireya a good watering when it's been potted up, or planted to help it settle in. After that, regular watering is recommended, but try not to over do it.
Mulching will help your plant retain moisture and will also help protect from the cold and frost.
A slow release fertiliser, blood and bone, or a soluble fertiliser at half the recommended rate will help your plant thrive year round.
When flowers start to die off, we recommend you carry our a light prune to encourage new growth and maintain a neat shape.
There may come a time when your Vireya isn't looking it's best. This could be for a number of reason which we'll explain below.
Mealy Bugs can distort and stunt new growth on your plant. If they become an issue, they can be treated with White Oil.
Azalea Lace Bugs can discolour older leaves and leave small white dots on the foliage. The Lace Bugs will be visible on the underside of the leaves. We recommend using a product called Confidor for treatment.
Pale new growth can be a sign of iron or magnesium deficiency. To correct this, you can use FE Chelates (Iron Chelate) and MgS04 (Magnesium Sulphate).
Any Acid Toner that is recommended for Azalea's will also be suitable for Vireya's.
If you still have questions or concerns, you can always get in contact with our knowledgeable team who will be more than happy to give you a few pointers.