Camellias need a rich, moist, well-drained soil that's rich in organic matter. Camellias tend to be somewhat surface rooted so a yearly application of mulch is very beneficial. While established plants can tolerate full sun, bright filtered light is best. Protection from hot afternoon sun will help prevent leaf burn and keep the foliage a deep lustrous green. Planting 1. Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball. 2. Using E.B. Stone Azalea, Camellia, Gardenia Planting Mix, mix one part soil and one part planting mix. 3. Place a small handful of E.B. Stone Sure Start in the bottom of the hole and incorporate into the soil. 4. Make sure the top of the original root ball is one inch above surrounding soil. 5. Firmly tap soil to remove any air pockets. 6. Water in with Bonide Plant Starter. Fertilizing Camellias like slightly acidic soil and since our soils tend to be alkaline, you should only fertilize with 'acid-type' fertilizers specifically formulated for camellias.
1. Feed monthly with E.B. Stone Azalea, Camellia and Gardenia Food. 2. Use a spring and fall application of Ironite.Water Keep soil moist to the touch, but don't over water. Apply two inches of pine bark around the plant to help retain moisture. Watch for soils that become compact and are slow to drain. Apply gypsum if slow drainage is a concern. Care Camellias are best if left totally alone. No pruning is required except to shape the plant. Camellia petal blight is the only disease that can be a problem. The flowers turn brown or the buds fail to open. Spray with a copper spray and remove infected flowers from the plants and on the ground. See what's blooming now at Armstrong on Facebook > Check out our Winter Planting video for tips and ideas >