db990ebb53c836dadedf0ec202b7db3d

Camellias are native to Japan, China and Indo-China, where they grow on well-drained wooded slopes under light shade.

A natural mulch of leaves accumulates beneath the plants. The plants were successfully grown in Northern California around 1853, and they have been popular ever since.

camellia_japonica_spellbound_kh_opt.jpg
Planting Location

Camellias need good drainage to do well, so be sure the area you want to grow them does not stay too wet. If your drainage is poor, you might try a raised bed or container. Camellias like a soil mix that is high in humus content and slightly acidic. In preparing the soil, mix ample amounts of redwood compost, peat moss or a good Camellia-Azalea mix, usually using about half good garden soil, and  half humus. 

Find a location that does not get hot sun if you choose the Japonica varieties. Sasanqua varieties can take full sun along the coast, but would look better if they get some shade in warmer inland areas.

Planting Instructions

Dig a hole approximately twice as large in diameter as the original container (1 gallon plants, a slightly larger hole would be better, such as 20” or so). The hole should be about 1.5 times as deep. Use your prepared mix in the bottom of the hole and tamp firmly so the top of the root ball, when placed in the hole is 1” above the soil surface. Fill in around the sides of the root ball with the same mixture as above. Tamp it down firmly to get rid of any lumps and air pockets. When the hole is full, it is wise to form a berm around the plant with soil to hold water and fill with water two times to be sure the plant is thoroughly watered.

Water your new plant as needed, but be sure it does not get dry, they should be moist at all times but be sure they do not stay soggy wet or the roots will rot.

Fertilizing

Fertilize camellias with a good balanced fertilizer as soon as new growth appears in the spring. Follow the directions on the package and be sure not to overfeed them. Cotton seed meal is a favorite of many growers. There are other mixtures of fertilizers formulated for camellias, just follow the label directions. A supplemental feeding of iron will keep the foliage a deeper green. Do not fertilize a dry plant; instead water thoroughly the day before you feed the plant. Stop feeding in November. If you keep feeding the plants, the flower buds will drop and you will get no blooms.

camellia_sasanqua_setsugekka_kh-2a.jpgInsects

Insects are usually not a problem, however, occasionally scale or mites are a nuisance. Aphids on the new growth can usually be washed off with a strong stream of water. Spraying may be necessary and a good systemic insecticide will control most problems.

Sun Needs

Camellia Japonica, C. Reticulata and most of the hybrids need protection from the hot sun. Some of the deep pinks and reds will do well in full sun if you are less than five miles from the coast. Inland, shade or filtered sun will keep the plants looking better. Light pinks and white blooming plants should not get direct sun. Camellia Sasanqua is able to stand full sun, even in warmer inland areas, but they will do well in shade also.

Flowering

Generally speaking, Sasanqua varieties bloom earlier usually starting in November and the Japonicas usually start about the first of the year. Sasanquas have smaller leaves and blooms, generally with the Japonicas and Reticulatas having the largest. Reticulata varieties and hybrids tend to have a little more rangey growth habit.

 

 walterandersenlogo.jpgWalter Andersen Nursery has built its reputation on providing the highest quality plant material and the best customer service backed by a professional staff. This, along with the widest variety of plant material available anywhere in San Diego has kept generations of San Diegans coming to Walter Andersen Nursery year after year.

Save

Save

Save


Plant Care Reminders

Cauliflower Plant Care
Edibles San Diego Seed Company

Cauliflower (Brassica oleracea Botrytis Group) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!
Westringia fruticosa Monthly Plant Care
Shrubs Steve Brigham

Victorian Rosemary (Westringia fruticosa) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!

Alumroot (Heuchera spp.) - Monthly…

17387 Steve Brigham
Heuchera Monthly Plant Care
You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!

Hebe Pruning

26379 Dawn Hummel
Hebe Pruning
Renovating Frost Damaged Hebes

Calendula officinalis (Pot Marigold,…

1015 Coastal Sage Gardening
Calendula officinalis Monthly Plant Care Reminders
You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!

Gardening Articles

Carol Mccray
Landscape and Design Carole McCray

Gardening on Paper

The glossy garden catalogs have begun to arrive in the mail. Perusing these publications can be a bright note on a cheerless winter day.
DiPrisco
Landscape and Design Kathleen Hassinger

APLD International Landscape Designer of the Year - Suzanne Arca

 APLD Names 2011 Landscape Designer of the Year

The Best Book for Southern California Gardeners

23139
Pat Welsh Book
 The first paragraph of Pat Welsh's new book says it all: "Gardening is different in…

Landscaping might be for the Birds

3320
Heteromeles arbutifolia - Toyon
There are about 450 species of birds that have been recorded in Orange County. How many…

Add Organic Matter! - Not Always

4118
Succulent Garden
Today’s column may cause confusion.

Plant Recommendations

Plant Recommendations Ken Andersen

Bromeliads - Southern California

Ken Andersen's Top Plant Recommendation: Favorite Bromeliads for Southern California.
Laelia anceps
Plant Recommendations Larry Moskovitz

Orchids - Southern California

Larry Moskovitz's Top Plant Recommendation: Favorite Orchids for Southern California.

Roses - Southern California

3590 Chris Greenwood
Rosa hybrid 'Silverado'
Chris Greenwood's Top Plant Recommendation: Favorite Roses for Southern California. 

Sun Perennials - Minnesota

18625 Marcie Forsberg
Nepeta Walker's Low
 Marcie Forsberg's Top Plant Recommendations: Favorite Sun Perennials.

Tropical Flowering Vines from Bulbs -…

13585 jim threadgill
Jim Threadgill
Jim Threadgill's Top Plant Recommendations: Favorite Tropical Flowering Vines from Bulbs…

Featured Plant Care

Hong Kong Orchid Monthly Plant Care

Bauhinia x blakeana 'Hong Kong' (Hong Kong Orchid Tree) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

in Trees
You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!
Zigzag Wattle Plant Care - photo courtesy Brian Walter via Wikipedia Commons

Zigzag Wattle (Acacia merinthophora) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

in Shrubs
You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!
Epiphyllum Monthly Plant Care

Epiphyllum spp. (Orchid Cactus) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!
Elegant Clarkia

Clarkia unguiculata (Elegant Clarkia) - Monthly Plant Care Reminders

in Annuals
You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!

Latest Articles

Six things for your indoor plants during winter

Do These Six Things to Keep Indoor Plants Healthy During Winter

Winter has hit southern California along with the rest of the U.S. No polar vortex here,…
Gardening Professionals and Clubs

Gardening Pros & Clubs: Using the Great Features on the Mulch

We'd like to help connect gardening professional and home gardeners. We've designed a…
Star Jasmine Monthly Plant Care

Jasmine - Star (Trachelospermum jasminoides) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

in Vines
You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!
Bababerry Raspberry Monthly Plant Care

Raspberry - Bababerry (Rubus idaeus 'Bababerry') - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

in Edibles
You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!

Popular Articles

Baseball Field Maintenance

Baseball Field Maintenance - A General Guide for Fields of All Levels

in Lawn
More great baseball field resources can be found here (including a pdf version of this…
Queen Palm Care & Use

The Queen Palm (Syagrus romanzoffiana) Care & Use

in Trees
Jungle Music Palms and Cycads is a family owned and operated business established in 1977
Microgreens

What are Microgreens and How to Grow Them

in Edibles
Microgreens are tiny leafed vegetables that are grown from seed and require very little…
Kahili Ginger Plant Care

Hedychium gardnerianum (Kahili Ginger) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!

User Guides (Slide)

Popular Recommendations (Slide)