4 Basics of Growing Camellias
Camellias are beautiful flowers that have been first cultivated 5,000 years ago as tea plants. They were distributed around the whole world and now you can grow them almost anywhere. These four basic principles will help you determine if you are ready to grow them or what you need to prepare.
How to Grow Camellias
Camellias Prefer Part Shade
Camellia leaves and flowers can burn in full sun so choosing a part shade spot will help you protect them. They also don’t like competition so experts don’t recommend planting near trees with agressive root systems or planting under camellias. Winds and extreme colds aren’t good for the plants either so if you’re living in a cold climate consider some sort of protection for your camellias for the worst kinds of weather.
Well-Drained Soil Is Important
Planting your camellias in a well-drained soil is important. Their roots go deep and take long to establish so it’s best to keep them watered but not overly wet. Besides they are prone to rotting so good drainage is vital.
Camellias Like Rainwater
Camellias prefer a slightly acidic soil so the rainwater, which is also acidic is perfect for the plants. But if you live in a climate where rains are scarce you can buy an acidifying kit for watering.
Spring Is the Best Time for Feeding
Feeding your camellias in Spring when they start blooming and could use some additional nutrients is the best way to ensure your plant looks healthy and opens those buds. Overfeeding them might be deadly for the plants so better leave them be for fall winter when they become dormant.
Camellias have hardy hybrids for particularly cold climates but you can always keep it in a container at home or move it to a greenhouse in winter.