How to CARE for CAMELIAS - Basic Care Guide

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Camellias are small trees and shrubs that belong to the genus Camellia, that require certain care in order to survive without problems. They are also very versatile to decorate the home, since there are species with varieties perfectly adapted to live indoors, such as Cemllia japonica.

If you like the large and colorful flowers of these plants to have at home, whether indoors or outdoors, keep reading this Green Ecologist article in which we offer you a practical gardening guide on how to care for camellias.

Camellias characteristics

The camellia plants they are a whole genre called Camellia and these are its main characteristics:

  • This genus includes about 250 species and they are native to tropical and subtropical areas spread between Japan, China and more regions of Southeast Asia.
  • It is a genus that includes small trees and flowering shrubs that are evergreen and can grow up to 10 m in height.
  • Its leaves are leathery, of a dark green color, pointed and with whole or somewhat serrated edges.
  • The flowers of these plants are highly valued in gardening and for decoration. They are large flowers with an average of 5 petals and various colors, such as white, pink and red.
  • Sometimes, the same plant can have some flowers of different colors or these can be of the aforementioned colors but mixed or mottled.

Some camellia species best known are:

  • Camellia japonica (variety Adolphe audusson It is the most used to have indoors).
  • Camellia reticulata.
  • Camellia sinensis (It is the well-known plant from which tea is obtained).
  • Camellia sasanqua.

Camellias: basic care

Take note of the following tips on how you care for camellias:

  • Weather: they need to develop in a climate that is humid and mild during the summer and cold during the winter, thus they adapt perfectly to the cold climate of the north as well as to the heat of the south. However, avoid exposing them to extreme climates where excessive sun can burn them or strong frosts can freeze them.
  • Earth: Camellias need a plant soil that is somewhat acidic, so when buying it make sure it is one with the right pH.
  • Pass: they need a compost that is rich in phosphorus, iron, potassium and magnesium, mainly in the growing season. In this other article we talk about How to make organic compost for plants.
  • Irrigation: try not to water them with hard water that has excess lime, as they feel quite bad. If you lose the buds before they open, it is quite likely due to an excess of water in the irrigation, so make sure you water it correctly. We recommend this other post by Green Ecologist in which we explain when to water the plants.
  • Type of water: it is best to water them with mineral or rain water, but never with tap water. If there is no other remedy, mix it with a little vinegar to mitigate the effect of the lime.
  • Flowering months: during the three months of flowering they should receive little water so that their peduncles can form strong and support the weight of the bud without breaking.

If you take care of them correctly, they will become a beautiful shrub that, in addition to being beautiful, will be very striking. Their care is not very complicated and when you see them flourish in all their splendor you will see it will have been worth the dedication. As a recommendation, it would be ideal if you could plant several, since that way you would have a beautiful space that would give a lot of life to your garden or terrace.

More Camellia Care - Possible Problems and Solutions

To complete your knowledge of the Camellia care, we offer you some advice on some of the posible problems that this plant can suffer:

  • Camellia loses cocoons: If a camellia plant loses its flowers before opening them, it means that we are watering it too much, that it does not have good drainage or that the temperature of its environment has changed abruptly. To remedy this, make sure it has good drainage, that the soil is not flooded and if so, change a part of it and place it in an area with a more suitable climate.
  • Yellow leaves on camellias: This is a sign that the substrate is not the most suitable and is not sufficiently acidic for this plant. It can also happen that you are giving it too much direct and strong sun, although in this case the leaves will end up being brown, dry and fall. Make sure the location is suitable and that you put in a more acidic soil.
  • Leaves with white spots: If silver or white spots appear, it is most likely that some type of fungus has appeared on this plant due to high humidity in its environment or even in the soil itself due to excessive watering. In this case, you can remove the most damaged leaves and use homemade fungicides like the ones we show you here. Also, you can use them from time to time as prevention.

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