Information About Camellia

Information About Camellia

Holes In Camellia Leaves: Controlling Camellia Weevils And Beetles

By Amy Grant

Camellias have gorgeous blooms but their beauty can be significantly marred by holes in camellia leaves. If your camellia plant has holes, it is most likely the result of the camellia vine weevil or cranberry rootworm beetle. Learn how to combat them here.

Camellia Companion Plants – What To Plant With Camellias

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

If you’re wondering about suitable companions for camellias, keep in mind that while color and form are important, so too are growing habits. Many plants play nice with camellias, but others just aren’t compatible. Click here for tips on planting with camellias.

My Camellias Won’t Bloom – Tips For Making Camellias Flower

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Although camellias are generally reliable bloomers, they can be stubborn at times. It?s frustrating, but sometimes, even healthy camellias won?t bloom. If you?re wondering how to make non-flowering camellia plants bloom, click here for more information.

Camellia Transplanting: Learn How To Transplant A Camellia Bush

By Teo Spengler

If your camellias outgrow their planting sites, you'll want to start thinking about transplanting camellias. Click here for information about camellia transplanting, including tips on how to transplant a camellia and when to move a camellia bush.

Tips On Treating Bud Mites On Camellias

By Teo Spengler

Today's camellias are easy-to-grow evergreen plants, as tough and rugged as they are beautiful. But that doesn't mean that camellia lovers shouldn't prepare for insect pests, like camellia bud mites. Click here for information about mites on camellia plants.

Camellia Container Care: How To Grow A Camellia In A Pot

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Although camellias can be somewhat picky about their growing conditions, container grown camellias are definitely possible. Learn how to grow a camellia in a pot using the information in the following article. Click here for more info.

Caring For Camellias: Tips On Growing A Camellia Plant

By Teo Spengler

Camellias are dense shrubs with brilliant foliage. The trick to growing a camellia plant without too much effort is to plant it correctly. This article provides information on camellia planting and care. Click here to learn more.

Camellia Leaf Gall Disease – Learn About Leaf Gall On Camellias

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

There is no mistaking leaf gall on camellias. The leaves are most affected, exhibiting twisted, thickened tissue and pinkish-green coloring. What is camellia leaf gall? Read the article that follows to find out more about this problem.

Camellia Cold Damage: Learn About Winter Protection For Camellias

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Camellia is a tough, durable plant but it isn't always hardy enough to tolerate the deep chill and harsh winds of winter. If your plant looks a little worse for wear by the time spring rolls around, this article should help.

Camellia Fertilizer Info: When And How To Fertilize Camellias

By Jackie Carroll

Giving your camellia the right amount of fertilizer at the proper time makes the difference between a shrub that thrives and one that merely survives. Follow the camellia fertilizer tips and information in this article to grow the best camellias.

Camellia Plant Problems: How To Fix Sooty Mold On Camellia

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

If you see black spots on your camellia plant leaves, you may have a fungal disease on your hands. Sooty mold is a common fungal issue that affects many types of plants. Learn about black sooty mold control here and save the health and beauty of your camellia.

Pruning Camellias: How To Prune A Camellia Plant

By Heather Rhoades

Many gardeners who grow camellia wonder if they should be pruning and how to do this. Camellia pruning is not essential, but it can help. Get more information on pruning camellias in this article.


The camellia crapnelliana plant comes from Hong Kong and thrives in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Hardiness Zones 8 to 10. This camellia variety reaches between 20 and 30 feet in height with spreads ranging from 12 to 20 feet. The Camellia crapnelliana features green foliage, reddish-brown bark and aromatic white flowers that bloom from October through December. These shrubs prefer rich, acidic soils in partially shady planting sites. This variety needs medium, consistent moisture and protection from direct afternoon sun. Camellia crapnellianas occasionally suffer from leaf spots, black mold and aphid infestations. Many gardeners use this camellia as container plants, background plants and shrub borders.

  • Camellias are perennial evergreen shrubs that belong to the Theaceae plant family.
  • The Camellia crapnelliana features green foliage, reddish-brown bark and aromatic white flowers that bloom from October through December.

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Place pelargoniums in a sheltered, frost-free porch or light outbuilding to overwinter, and they should revive come spring. Nudge them into dormancy by cutting back growth by half, stopping feeds and keeping watering to a minimum. Add a swathe of horticultural fleece during the coldest spells.


How to Grow Camellia in Texas

Camellia japonica is the most popular and the easiest to grow camellia variety in Texas. Blooming in late fall through early spring, in white through shades of pink and red, the camellia will provide color when few other plants are in bloom. Suitable varieties for Texas gardens include Debutante and Pearl Maxwell, according to Texas A&M University. In most areas of Texas, camellias thrive in areas with dappled sun or light shade.

Dig a hole in the planting area that is twice the depth and three times as wide as the nursery pot in which the camellia is growing. Remove the soil from the area and replace it with a mixture of one-third sand and two-thirds peat moss. Native soils in many areas of Texas do not have the proper nutrients for the camellia to thrive. Pour the replacement soil over the planting area and level with the rake.

  • Camellia japonica is the most popular and the easiest to grow camellia variety in Texas.
  • Blooming in late fall through early spring, in white through shades of pink and red, the camellia will provide color when few other plants are in bloom.

Dig a hole 1 inch shallower than the camellia is currently growing and twice the width. Lay the pot on its side and slide the camellia out. If it is stuck, gently squeeze the sides of the pot with your hands to loosen any attached roots.

Place the root ball into the planting hole and backfill the hole with soil. The top of the root ball should be slightly exposed above the soil.

Place a 2-inch layer of mulch over the exposed roots and spread it in a 1-foot radius around the camellia.

Water the soil to a depth of 15 inches. This amount of water should be sufficient for 10 to 15 days during periods with no rain, according Texas A&M University. Check the soil in 10 days if there is no rain and water if it is dry.

  • Dig a hole 1 inch shallower than the camellia is currently growing and twice the width.
  • The top of the root ball should be slightly exposed above the soil.

Fertilize the Texas-grown camellia during the growing season, when the camellia is budding and blooming. This generally occurs between April and September. The Southern California Camellia Society warns that commercial fertilizers labeled for camellias are too harsh in the hot summers in Texas and using them may burn the plant. Apply cottonseed meal instead, at the rate suggested on the package, every six weeks, discontinuing in late July or early August. Always water the day before applying fertilizer and immediately after.

Prune the camellia in spring before the plant produces buds. Remove inner branches that are blocking air-flow to the interior of the plant, and cut off weak or dead growth. Make all cuts back to a main branch.


Watch the video: How to grow Camellias.