How to Plant Camellias


Camellias are a white and pink flower that appears in gardens in the winter and spring. These flowers are simple to grow as long as they are planted in acidic soil. They are known for striving in shaded areas and requiring little care once they are grown. Camellias originated from Japan and China and can often be seen in many gardens in Asia. Varieties include Adolphe Audusson, Alba Plena, Fimbriata, Contessa Lavinia Maggi and Jupiter.

Step 1

Plant the camellia seeds in containers about 1 inch deep and wide. Place the plants on a windowsill where it will get plenty of sunlight. Water the plants with 1/2 cup of water, 2-3 times a week.

Step 2

Perform a pH test on your soil by purchasing a pH testing kit from your local gardening store or online. You can also have a lawn care specialists perform the test. Your soil must be at a pH level of 6 so that it is slightly acidic. If your soil isn't at this pH you can create your own soil mixture.

Step 3

To make your soil mixture with the proper acidity level: Add 2 tbsp of dolomitic limestone for each cubic feet of soil by mixing it deep into your soil. Also, spread pine bark over the soil to aid the growth of your camellias. Make sure that the soil is loose and well-drained before you start planting your seeds.

Step 4

Transfer the plant to the acidic soil once the flower has begun to sprout. Cover the root ball in the soil, leaving a few roots visible. Camellias require more air than most plants, and it's helpful to place a rock or brick under the root ball to keep it from sinking in the soil.

Step 5

Spread 3-1-2 ratio fertilizer over the seed bed in the spring. Continue watering the soil as the camellias grow so that the soil is moist at least 14 inches deep. Make sure to water whenever you see that the roots are dry.

Things You'll Need

  • pH test kit
  • Limestone
  • Pine bark
  • 3-2-1 ratio fertilizer


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