How to grow winter flowering camellias

How to grow winter flowering camellias

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The winter flowering camellias they are plants that give beautiful fragrant flowers while braving the cold and frost; their wonderful flowers defy even the snow: they are able to tolerate frost down to -12 ° C. Below we will give you some indications on how cultivate winter flowering camellias.

Winter flowering camellias, the species
With the winter flowering camellias it is possible to create garden bushes, thus brightening the green space even during the cold season.
Among the winter flowering camellias we find, for example, the camellia sasanqua, which comes from the Japanese island of Okinawa. It offers beautiful deep pink or white flowers with semi-double corolla, from the beginning of October until March. Other species of winter camellias that bloom in this period are the camellia hiemalis, composed of small and lanceolate leaves; the flowers are double or semi double.
Another cold resistant species is the camellia vernalis, which has a rather rapid growth, and the camellia sasanqua; it grows less rapidly than the first but nevertheless has a showy fragrant flowering that lasts from November to March.
Among other species we can mention the Sinesi camellias, also known as the tea plant, granthamiana, caudata and olifera.

Winter flowering camellias, cultivation
As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, these are very resistant to cold plants that are very suitable for creating flower beds, borders and hedges. They can also be grown on the terrace, taking care to plant them in very capacious pots
To successfully cultivate plants, you will need to follow some important precautions:

  • Choose the most suitable growing environment, considering that camellias cannot withstand excessive heat
  • When planting, prefer a cool and not very sunny place
  • At the time of planting, prepare a fresh, fertile and well-drained substrate with an acid or neutral pH
  • Improve the structure of clayey and calcareous soils, with the addition of any draining material (expanded clay, gravel, perlite, pumice) to be placed at the bottom of the planting hole.
  • After planting, add a layer of bark mulch of about 10 cm, to be renewed every 1-2 years: it serves to keep the soil temperature constant
  • Water the camellias regularly throughout the year
  • In autumn, apply slow release granular fertilizer, preferably organic

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