Camellias are a wonderfully versatile and beautiful group of plants. They can be grown as a hedge or espaliered, used a feature plant, or grown in containers, and provide gorgeous colour during the cooler months of the year, particularly in shaded areas that can be challenging to add colour to.
Sasanqua camellias are more sun hardy than japonica camellias and flower earlier, so growing several varieties of both sasanqua and japonica camellias can bring many months of flowers into the garden, from autumn to early spring.
Colours range from white to pretty pastel pinks, reds and even yellow and there are also different flower types, including doubles, ruffled petals and single flowers with exposed stamens (which are adored by bees).
As the cooler weather approaches, here are some tips to help keep your camellias looking fantastic:
Feeding – all camellias will love a feed at the beginning of autumn with the ‘perfect partnership’ of Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser and Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. Yates Dynamic Lifter improves the soil with valuable organic matter and Yates Thrive provides a potassium enriched nutrient boost to help promote healthy green leaf growth and lots of flowers.
Watering – camellias like moist (but well drained soil), so water camellias regularly to keep them hydrated. Potted camellias will require more frequent watering than in-ground camellias.
Green thumb tip: If you’ve had problems with bid balling in the past (where buds form but go brown and don’t open), an application of liquid magnesium might help. Yates Leaf Greener Magnesium Chelate is a concentrated source of fast acting magnesium that can help correct magnesium deficiency in camellias.