There are many species of camellias but by far the most popular and beautiful are the Camellia Sasanqua and Camellia Japonica. Camellias have their origins in Asia, China and Japan mainly. In this website we will treat species 'Heimalis' and 'Vernalis' as 'Sasanqua' as these are very similar in many respects. We will also treat all Camellia hybrids the same as 'Japonica' as culturally these are very similar.
Camellias have a relatively small and shallow root system and generally do not cause problems in modern domestic situations. Camellias perform best when planted into well drained cultivated soils that are slightly acidic. They can tolerate dry periods once established and benefit greatly from mulching and regular watering in hot dry climates.
Light trimming can be performed any time during the growing season. Heavier pruning if required is best performed after flowering before the spring growth appears in late winter or early spring.
Good hygiene practices are advisable when pruning. Diseases can be transferred from one plant to another by the sap that remains on the tools.
Start with clean sterile loppers or secateurs. To avoid cross infection make sure you sterilise tools before moving onto the next plant. Tools can be sterilised by washing them in a solution of chlorine and water.
Feed young plants with slow release fertilisers such as Osmocote or Nutricote in late winter and late summer. Mature plants can tolerate organic fertilisers in moderate doses in late winter and late summer.
Strong fertilisers can damage the root system of camellias. Avoid planting camellia into heavy clay soils. Start your camellias off in a raised bed, this way they will grow down into the clay without getting root rot.
We grow many varieties of camellias all year round. Occasionally some varieties may not be ready for sale thus being unavailable.
|Bert Jones||Double mid pink large flower|
|Bonanza||Small grower, double darkest pink almost burgundy|
|Cherie||Double pink, profuse flowering|
|Day Dawn Bell|
|Early Pearly||Double white|
|Hiryu||Single dark pink yellow centre|
|Jennifer Susan||Double soft/mid pink|
|Lucinda Alba||Peony form white/soft pink|
|Marge Miller||Double pink ground cover|
|My Love Sarah||NEW Semi double soft pink with dark pink edges|
|Paradise Hilda||Double mid pink|
|Paradise Blush||Double white/pink blush|
|Pure Silk||Double white|
|Ruffled Pink||Semi double pale /mid pink|
|Shishi Gashira||Smaller grower semi double mid pink|
|Something Special||Semi double white with pink edge|
|Sparkling Burgundy||Double dark pink|
|Star Above Star||Double champagne pink|