Plant of the Month

Plant of the Month

Camellia

Perhaps the greatest star in the early spring sky is are Camellias. These acid loving plants take centre stage around now with blooms of all types, both single and double and everything in between. Attractive shrubs with shiny dark evergreen  leaves, they can grow into quite large plants 3m in height , dependant on variety. Ranging in colour from white/cream through yellow to all shades of pink and red, they are truly appealing and given a sheltered location in part shade, well drained but moist soil and an ericaceous feed, should give enormous pleasure for many years. They can also grow happily in a container in ericaceous compost, if soil type is too alkaline.

Quick facts

  • Evergreen shrub
  • Camellia sasanqua flower during late autumn, through winter. Camellia japonica and Camellia willamsii flower from early spring
  • Plant in autumn or spring
  • Thrives in part shade. Camellia sasanqua will thrive in full sun once the roots have established 
  • Prune after flowering if needed.
  • Keep well-watered through the summer – this is when the plants produce next year’s flower buds
  • Feed in spring with an ericaceous fertiliser
  • Grows well in containers


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