How to Grow Camellias


The camellia is an evergreen, flowering shrub that consists of about 200 species. Depending on the variety they can reach heights between 12 and 25 feet. Flower color depends on the species. The plant will bloom and blossom throughout the spring and summer. With proper planting, watering, fertilization and pruning, the camellia can make a landscape burst with color.

Step 1

Plan to plant your camellia in the spring.

Step 2

Choose a planting site that has well-draining soil and that receives morning sun and afternoon shade.

Step 3

Dig a hole twice as wide and of equal depth to the plant's growing container or rootball.

Step 4

Position the plant in the hole and refill the hole with soil.

Step 5

Water the planting site. After the water has absorbed, add more soil if the area has settled below ground level.

Step 6

Plan to water twice weekly for the first four weeks. Water once weekly thereafter through the fall.

Step 7

Apply a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or compost around the plant.

Step 8

Fertilize the plant monthly during spring, summer and fall. Use a 10-10-10 formula fertilizer. Follow the dosage guidelines on the label. Water the growing site before and after fertilizer applications.

Step 9

Prune after blooming is complete. Remove any weak, dead or diseased branches. Use pruning shears to shape the plant into the desired shape.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not over-water a camellia as it can cause the plant to drop its buds.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Mulch or compost
  • 10-10-10 fertilizer
  • Pruning shears


  • University of Arkansas: Camellias
  • University of Florida: Camellias in Florida

Who Can Help

  • Telegraph: How to Grow Camellias
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Leigh Walker has been working as a writer since 1995. She serves as a ghostwriter for many online clients creating website content, e-books and newsletters. She works as a title flagger and writer for Demand Studios, primarily writing home and garden pieces for and Walker pursued an English major/psychology minor at Pellissippi State.