Wednesday, 17 June 2015

How to grow camellias

Camellias offer striking green foliage with brightly coloured blooms that make them one of the mainstays of the year-round garden. Like many landscape shrubs, there are thousands of cultivated camellia varieties and hybrids. Here’s what you need to know to grow this nearly carefree shrub.
Camellias are moderate drinkers and not particularly drought-tolerant, although older plants are more adaptable. Keep camellias watered, but not soggy. Water deeply to encourage deeper, more drought-tolerant roots. Water well before a hard freeze to prevent cold damage. Over-watering can be just as harmful as under-watering so caution is always advised.

Camellias need to be planted a little high, so that the top of the root ball is level with the surface of the soil. This helps water drain away from the trunk.
Flower buds can be nipped by frost, so later-blooming varieties may do better in colder areas. They like semi-shade or full shade. They are often grown in the light shade of tall, deep-rooted trees. Here is another tree in the backyard near the bungalow.

Feeding should be done each spring, just as the camellia has finished flowering and new growth has started to appear. After they finish blooming, feed camellias lightly with a balanced fertilizer, or with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving plants. Use fertilizer sparingly as camellias do not require a lot of extra food.

Camilla like well-drained acidic soil that are not waterlogged. Add plenty of organic matter to the planting hole to improve drainage.  I just love when the petals fall onto our pathways!

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