Cultivation: Camellia sasanqua are slightly tender, requiring winter protection in all areas of the UK apart from the southern and western coastal fringes. They are best suited to pot culture: give them a warm, sheltered patio in the summer and a cool conservatory for the rest of the year.
When grown in a container use an ericaceous (i.e. lime-free) potting compost. Choose a generously sized pot several sizes bigger than the pot your camellia is supplied in and be aware that, in years to come, re-potting to a larger size may be necessary. Place some broken crocks at the bottom of the container for drainage and plant as normal. Be diligent with watering at all times of the year: the plant must not be allowed to dry out and should be kept moist not sodden. The container should be protected during a severe or prolonged period of frost. If the compost remains frozen for long spells the plant can actually suffer from dehydration and in extreme conditions the roots will be killed. The container (not the plant) can be wrapped in hessian or bubble wrap. Alternatively, the plant can be moved into a cold greenhouse, a cool conservatory or a similar well lit frost free structure; this may cause it to flower slightly earlier than plants in the garden. Feed three times a year with a sequestered iron fertiliser to maintain strong healthy growth and to encourage plenty of flowers. Use a systemic insecticide in June or July to prevent attack by scale insects.
Pruning: Is not usually necessary but where needed , should be carried out after flowering.
A full cultural guide will be despatched with every order.
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