The camellia is an evergreen flowering shrub, native to Asia. Camellia sinensis is the plant that gives us tea leaves, while other camellia species are highly prized as garden ornamentals. Growing camellias from seed is challenging, but when they get to the point of needing to be transplanted from the germination bed to their own pots, half the battle is won.
Fill a 4-inch to 5-inch pot with equal parts of moist peat moss and potting soil. Poke a planting hole in the soil using your finger or a pencil. The hole should be the same depth as the sprout has been growing.
Carefully remove the camellia sprout from the soil. Use a spoon to gently pry under the roots and lift it from the planting mix.
Pinch off the tip of the camellia sprout's taproot (the longest of the roots). Pinch it back to the first set of branching roots from the tip of the taproot.
Place the roots of the camellia sprout into the prepared planting hole.
Pack the soil around the base of the camellia sprout, using your hands. Water the pot slowly but thoroughly, until the water runs from the bottom. Allow the pot to drain completely prior to placing it in a shady area.