How to Plant Camellia


There are hundreds of camellia cultivars. Bloom colors range from white to pink to a deep red. Depending on climate, the camellia may bloom from late fall on into early spring. Some varieties will bloom during the cool winter months. The camellia will spread its branches from 6 to 8 feet in diameter. The plant prefers a shaded location as direct sunlight will scald the leaves. Late fall to early spring is the best time to plant camellias.

Step 1

Select a planting location that has well-drained, deep soil. Prepare the planting site as a large growing bed, and not separate planting holes. Remove all vegetative matter and rocks.

Step 2

Incorporate 2 to 3 inches of a pine bark mulch into the growing bed.

Step 3

Dig separate planting holes that are spaced 8 feet apart from each other. Make the planting hole at the same depth as the length of the camellia root ball, and two to three times as wide.

Step 4

Set the root ball of the plant into the hole. Make the top of the root ball equal with the surrounding native soil line. Fill soil in and around the root ball. Press the loose soil with your hands.

Step 5

Soak the root ball with plenty of water to remove air from around the roots and increase the soil contact.

Step 6

Layer 3 to 4 inches of pine bark around the plant. Keep the mulch 3 inches from the main stem. Extend the mulch to the outer drip line of the upper limbs.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel Camellia plant Pine bark mulch Water


  • North Carolina State University: Camellia Culture
  • Fort Valley State University: Camellia Planting Tips
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