General Culture & Requirements

Learn how to care for and grow camellias.

Camellias are very easy to care for, and once established, can thrive with a minimum of care. Everything you need to know about planting camellias, caring for camellia plants, watering, fertilizing, mulching and pruning can be found here.

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  • Caring for Camellias

    After you have finished your spring clean-up and pruning tasks, it is time for the real culturing of your camellia plants. Time and effort spent on these activities will result in greater rewards in beautiful flower production.

  • Planting Camellias

    Camellias are generally planted in the late fall through the early spring, although they may be set out any month of the year if properly cared for.

  • Camellia Fertilization

    Camellias are one of the slowest growing and yet one of the most desirable ornamentals available today.

  • Watering and Mulching Camellias

    Water is not only essential for normal growth but a continuous supply ensures constant mineral uptake and maximum expansion of cells making up the new growth.

  • Pruning Camellias

    In general gardening terms, pruning is probably the most misunderstood gardening chore, and certainly, the chore that is most likely neglected.