Growing guide

How to grow camellias

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
  • An ericaceous plant, so requires an acid soil
  • 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

All you need to know

Before you get started
Ongoing care
Pruning and training
While we think all this information will be helpful to you, we always recommend to read the instruction labels on your plants.

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