How to Grow Camellias in Texas


Camellias are flowering perennial plants that produce full, showy flowers. Camellia sinensis is prized for its foliage more than its blossoms. Green, white, black, and red teas are made from the leaves of camellia sinensis. The plant is native to Korea, China, and Japan. Growing camellias in Texas requires some preparation before planting.

Step 1

Plant your camellia in an area that receives sunlight in the morning and shade in the afternoon. This is typically on the eastern side of your home, with the southern side of the home being second best.

Step 2

Dig a hole in the ground 2 inches wider and 6 inches deeper than the camellia's container. Discard the soil you dig out of the hole. Use a wheelbarrow or large container to mix gardening sand and peat moss at a ratio of 1 part sand to 3 parts peat. According to Jerry M. Parsons, retired professor and extension horticulturalist, this mixture gives the camellia the drainage and acidity it needs to grow for several years. Put 6 inches of the mixture in the bottom of the hole.

Step 3

Remove the camellia plant from its temporary container. Shake the potting soil from its roots. Place the camellia in the hole, and fan its roots out over the sand and peat mixture.

Step 4

Fill in the hole with more of the sand and peat mixture. Use your hands to lightly tamp the soil down around the plant.

Step 5

Water thoroughly so that the soil is completely saturated, and there is sufficient water to wet the soil 15 to 18 inches deep. Parsons says camellias watered deeply in this manner require waterings only every 10 to 14 days, during the hottest months.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening sand
  • Peat moss
  • Shovel


  • Plant Answers: Growing Camellias in South Central Texas
  • Texas A&M University Extension: Camellias for Texas Gardens
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Cyn Vela is a freelance writer and professional blogger. Her work has been published on dozens of websites, as well as in local print publications. Vela's articles usually focus on where her passions lie: writing, web development, blogging, parenting, gardening, and health and wellness. She studied English literature at Del Mar College, and at the University of Texas at San Antonio.