Landscape designing with Camellias provides the gardener with a variety of flowers, ranging from white to pink to the Bob Hope variety, which is a beautiful deep red. Although it requires a little more maintenance and a somewhat patient attitude, training Camellias to grow along a fence allows these beauties to adapt a sprawling effect which will provide a stunning focal point to any landscape.
For best results, plant your Camellias in a partially shaded area, since they do not like full sunlight. Follow potting instructions for planting Camellias in holes, allowing ample room around the plant and making them deep enough to allow the root of the Camellia to spread out. Before lowering the plant into the ground, test your soil to ensure that it has a pH soil factor of at least 5.0 to 6.0. Camellias prefer acidic soil. Additionally, add nutrients or manure to the soil you will pack around the plant once you lower it into the hole. Tamp the soil, water, and cover with mulch such as loose straw or cedar chips.
Instructions for Growing Camellias
This gorgeous addition to your landscape or garden will exhibit flowers ranging from simple white to magnificently deep reds. The plant's flowers can grow individually or in doubles, and petals can be variegated, splotched or striped. Most gardeners prune plants between 4 to 6 feet. Several Camellia varieties can grow quite tall if left unpruned. Normally Camellias do well in partial shade, but if your area is extremely hot, plant your Camellias in full shade. Do not fertilize too often as it will lead to more foliage, but less flowers. As with most plants, Camellias prefer well-drained, but moist soil. Cover with mulch to retard weeds and to conserve moisture for the plant.
Prune Camellias for deadwood, and after flowering. More specifically, Camellias should be pruned after their blooming season, or during the plant's dormant time when it is not producing newer growth. Be sure to treat your pruning tools so that there is no danger of spreading insects to the pruned areas. Prune branches growing in toward the plant or overlapping each other. Shape your bush and aim for a pleasant look. Prune dead branches, keeping promising ones on the bush for the next growing season. Make your cuts cleanly and as close to the trunk as possible. Be sure to spray Camellias with a trusted fungicide to protect your plant from fungus and insects attacking exposed pruning cuts.
General Tips and Tricks for Camellias
Camellias do extremely well with a regular schedule of watering and infrequent fertilizing. Do not plant in conditions where heavy, or dry and hot winds will affect your Camellia. Humidity will also adversely affect Camellias, as they are prone to invasion by aphids. The use of a spay bottle filled with ordinary dish soap will quickly remedy aphid problems. Additionally, consider adding nutrients to improve the soil in conditions where soil is not optimum.