How to Plant Camellia Seed


Camellias offer a beautiful ground cover for your garden while providing a magnificent and fragrant bouquet of blooms that can brighten up almost any home. After blooming, camellias begin growing a large green seed pod which slowly ripens as the season progresses. In late summer or early fall the seed pod will open, revealing one to nine small black seeds, depending on the variety of camellia. These seeds need to be planted before they dry out--however, since your flowers will produce seeds at the end of the growing season it may be best to store the seeds for a month or longer before planting.

Step 1

Collect your camellia seeds as the seed pods open. Check the pods every day and collect the seeds as the pods open, or place a baggie over each pod and allow the seeds to fall into the baggie as they ripen. In either case, seeds need to be processed before they have dried out.

Step 2

Soak your camellia seeds for two hours in a solution of 90 percent water and 10 percent bleach. This will prevent them from rotting while they chill for the next few weeks in your refrigerator.

Step 3

Moisten a small amount of peat moss and place it in a zip lock baggie. Place your camellia seeds in the baggie with the moistened peat moss, and seal the baggie. Place the baggie in your refrigerator, and leave it for four to six weeks.

Step 4

Mix two-thirds humus and one-third sand in a growing pot, and plant your camellia seeds approximately 1/4 inch deep. Water until moist, but do not over water.

Step 5

Place your growing pot in a well-lit and warm location (65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit) that is out of direct sun. Keep your seeds moist but not wet. Your camellias should sprout within three to five weeks, depending on the variety.

Step 6

Fertilize your camellias every 90 days with a liquid flower fertilizer, following the manufacturer's directions.

Step 7

Plant your camellias outdoors in a sunny location in well-drained garden soil after one year of growing indoors. Dig a hole at least twice the size of your root ball, and carefully pack soil around your camellia at the same depth your plant was growing in the pot. Sprinkle a little humus around the plant. Keep the ground moist, but do not over water. Fertilize with a liquid fertilizer twice a growing season, following the manufacturer's directions. Do not expect to see any blooms for three to five years.

Things You'll Need

  • Camellia seeds
  • Peat moss
  • Zip lock baggie
  • Refrigerator
  • Household bleach
  • Growing pot
  • Humus
  • Sand
  • Liquid plant fertilizer


  • Growing Camellias from Seeds
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Larry Parr has been a full-time professional freelance writer for more than 30 years. For 25 years he wrote cartoons for TV, everything from SMURFS to SPIDER-MAN.