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Planting Camellias in the Ground
Last Updated: 28/12/2011
In southern England, planting camellias with some shade from the hot midday summer sun should ideally be provided to prevent leaf scorch. Some varieties, however, such as autumn flowering sasanqua camellia varieties can cope with full sun.
From the midlands northwards, plant camellias in full sun or light shade to ensure full formation of flower buds, which occurs between June and October for the following flowering season. In dense shade, camellias will grow happily, but may not bud up properly. Hybrid varieties will, in general, perform better than japonica camellias in a shady position. On the other hand, the autumn / winter flowering camellias require more sun, warmth and shelter than their spring flowering cousins and ideally should be planted in a south or south-westerly facing position. Leaf colour will tend to be darker green with more shade provided.
Avoid planting your camellias in a position where they can exposed to cold winds, such as where there are strong draughts between buildings Ensure the site does not become waterlogged at any time.
Always ensure your plants do not go short of water during their establishment. Top up with mulching materials on an annual basis to help conserve water.
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