Camellia 'Italiana' - SeedCamellia japonica 'Italiana'
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Camellia Japonica is one of the loveliest plants for tubs and containers. It is a perfect subject for a prominent place on the patio or decking. It flowers in abundance, producing large, beautiful flowers. Camellia japonica retains its leaves in winter but make sure that it is well-sheltered (no colder than 4°C in a pot). Older Camellias that are planted in the ground can stand more frost.Show more
Planting and flowering details
Show moreThis seed requires no prior treatment but a 24 hour soak in lukewarm water will encourage germination.
How to SowSow in the cold frame or in a windowsill propagator: October and November, or February and March.
A windowsill propagator is of course the easiest. Fill some small pots with potting compost and plant one seed per pot... ON the soil... do not cover. Camellia (Camellia japonica) needs the light to germinate so just press it lightly onto the soil and sprinkle the pots with water. The heat will do the rest. It can take some time for the seeds to germinate (14-90 days) but from mid-May, the seedlings should be ready to go outdoors in larger pots.
Do acclimatise the seedlings first by standing in a sheltered spot in part shade for one hour longer every day for 5 days. They will then be hardy enough to be potted up or planted where you want them.
The seedlings are sensitive to frost so do protect them with some garden fleece.
Planting in the garden
Keep in mind that seedlings are liable to frost damage and that Camellias are better in garden soil. Best spot would be in the shade with some protection from winter winds.
Your camellia (Camellia japonica) will indeed thrive in the garden but do ensure a well saturated root ball before planting. Dig a wide hole and loosen the soil with a fork. Plant at the correct depth - the top of the root ball should come to just below soil level.
Fill the hole and heel well in. Water immediately.
Camellia japonica is reasonably hardy but does need some protection from the worst of weather. An evergreen, it best enjoys a fairly moist, humus rich soil that will stay cool in the summer. Somewhat acidic is good, and a bit of soil improvement with well-rotted manure and a peat mix will do no harm.
Show moreThe flowers of Camellia (Camellia japonica) appear at the end of the winter around the beginning of March. During this period as it could still freeze, the flowers may get brown spots and the buds can be damaged due to frost so do protect them with bubble wrap, or straw matting.
They should be pruned as little as possible but do deadhead overblown flower. A slight pruning in April can help keep the shrub to size. Fertilise lightly before flowering starts. Spray regularly with (rain) water.
Camellia (Camellia japonica) as a container plantPotted camellia (Camellia japonica) should be stored frost-free in the winter. Keep them somewhere that won't get warmer than 15 degrees centigrade. If the temperature is too high, when there is lack of water or ambient air is too dry it may cause the buds to fall off. Avoid repotting - do so only when necessary.
Show moreThis lovely evergreen camellia (Camellia japonica) originated in Japan and has such fascinating lovely blooms. The adorable flowers have been popular in the Orient for generations.
Camellia flowers are often used in corsages and button-holes.Camellia is a classified member of the tea family (Theaceae).