Stunning Camellia Flowering Plants
Camellias are dense shrubs with brilliant foliage. They offer bright, long-blooming flowers, and serve as popular foundation and specimen plants. One of the most important things for growing camellias is to plant them in slightly acidic soil. They also need a good supply of water and the right type of fertilizer. Gardeners grow these lovely plants for their attractive foliage or for their signature flowers. While their care requirements are fairly simple, there are specific things growers do to either increase the foliage or produce larger blooms. Gardeners should check the acidity of the soil before planting as these plants grow best in substrates with a pH of 5.0 to 6.5. The addition of sulfur brings most soils into the correct pH range. Camellias do not perform as well near concrete or stone walkways or walls as these materials sometimes leak alkaline components into the soil. These plants will grow in everything from full sun to full shade, but partial shade is preferred.
Most camellia plants begin as nursery cuttings or starts as seeds can take up to four months to germinate. Before planting a new camellia, growers should wash away the soil that surrounds the root ball to expose the roots. The new plants should be planted five feet (1.5 meters) apart or three feet (0.91 meters) apart if being grown as a hedge. The three-foot (0.91-meter) spacing allows the growing camellia plants to fill in the gaps. Once the plant is in the ground, keeping the soil moist until the plant is established and shows new growth is the best strategy for success.