Also known as the Rose of Winter, the Camellia is a beautiful and easy flowering shrub to tend to…

A stunning winter-blooming flower, the Camellia is a perennial shrub with voluptuous, rose-like petals in shades of red, pink and white. The shrub itself is a glossy evergreen and it’s in these harsher cold months that those large, sweet smelling buds will begin to bloom.

Caring for a Camellia isn’t difficult at all as it’s a rather hardy plant that can survive in the shade or sun, growing to a staggering 4 metres in height if left to its own devices. Here are some tips for keeping your Rose of Winter at its best:

  1. Camellias may like the winter but they don’t like standing in water. Make sure the soil drains well and include lots of organic mulch to increase drainage.
  2. Water deeply to ensure a more drought tolerant plant in the drier months, but don’t overwater.
  3. Mulch needs to be quite thick to protect the roots against the cold and to keep the temperature constant, but do keep the mulch away from the base of the trunk.
  4. Maintain an acidic soil pH of 6.0 to 6.5
  5. Plant the Camellia higher than your usual shrub, so keep the top of the root ball level with the soil.
  6. Prune the flower buds after spring to ensure fuller blooms with the next regrowth.
  7. Use an acidic fertilizer after the blooming season ends, but a little goes a long way here. Camellias are sturdy plants and don’t need a lot of extra nutrients.

Happy planting!

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