Plant of the Month: Camellia

Camellia are easy to grow, glossy evergreens. They are ideal for containers. Their showy flowers come in whites, pinks and reds and appear early in the season; a time when not much else is flowering.

Quick facts

  • Evergreen shrub
  • Camellia sasanqua flower during late autumn, through winter. Camellia japonica and Camellia × willamsii flower from early spring
  • Plant in autumn or spring
  • Thrives in part shade. Camellia sasanqua will thrive in full sun once the roots have established 
  • Prune after flowering if needed
  • Keep well-watered through the summer – this is when the plants produce next year’s flower buds
  • Feed in spring with an ericaceous fertiliser
  • Grows well in containers


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