DESCRIPTION: Camellias are magnificent hardy evergreen shrubs producing masses of flowers.

VARIETIES INCLUDE: showy red; pink; white and even yellow flowers in late winter and early spring.

SOIL: Camellias require a moist but well-drained, LIME-FREE, humus-rich soil in which to grow. When planting incorporate Forest Bark or composted leaf mould around the plant and into the soil to maintain a mulch of it (5-7cm deep)

POSITION: A partially shaded position is best but they can be grown successfully and often flower more freely when planted in full sun, although mulching is vital or bud dropping may result. Avoid a position that gets early morning sun as the flowers may be damaged following an overnight frost. Ideal grown in containers (using LIME-FREE compost) and can be grown in a cold conservatory.

PRUNING: May be done at any time in the dormant season, although the best time is immediately after flowering. This will have the most detrimental effect on the flowering the following year. If necessary any straggling shoots can be reduced in April.

PROBLEMS: Camellias are generally trouble-free, however some of the following can occur. If camellia leaf spot is found, then spray with Systhane systemic fungicide. If wintering inside, a cold greenhouse or conservatory is ideal, but a camellia must be brought in before the start of the very cold weather otherwise problems may occur keep compost moist. Water well in the summer months as the flower buds form, then for the following year. If the leaves start to look yellow use an iron feed e.g. Miracid this can also be used as a feed during the active growing period.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information given both on our lists and labels. However, some details may vary according to special or geographical circumstances. Varieties offered are subject to availability.

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