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Learn how to care for camellias along with its history and classification details.

how to care for camellias

Hardiness Zone: 7-10
Soil Type: Slightly cidic
Sun Exposure: Dappled or full shade
Annual or Perennial: Perennial
Type: Flower

History: Camellias were cultivated in the gardens of China and Japan for centuries before they were seen in Europe. The German botanist Engelbert Kaempfer reported that the “Japan Rose”, as he called it, grew wild in woodland and hedgerow, but that many superior varieties had been selected for gardens.

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How to Care for Camellia

Common questions and details on how to care for camellias.

How do I plant camellias?

Dig a hole at least two feet wider than the root ball.
Leave soil in the center of the hole undisturbed to prevent settling.
Place the rootball on a the column of soil in the center of the hole.
The top of ball should be slightly above soil level.

When is the best time to plant?

The best time to plant camillias are fall or spring.

How do I propagate camellias?

They can be propagated by taking semi-ripe cuttings, hardwood cuttings, layering and grafting.

Can I grow camellias in a pot?

Yes, you can grow camellias in a pot.

How much should I water camellias?

Camellias should be watered about once every week or two.

How do I care for camellias with fertilizer?

Camellias prefer to be fertilized infrequently.

When do camellias bloom?

Camellias will bloom in either December or January.

Should I plant any companion plants?

Camellias grow well with hostas, rhododendrons, ferns, or azaleas.

What are the health benefits of the camellias?

It can boost your immune system, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote weight loss.

Camellia Meaning

The Camellia flower is a symbol of love, adoration and longing.

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Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.

~Harper Lee

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