Camellia Container Care: How To Grow A Camellia In A Pot

By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener, Camellia (Camellia japonica) is a flowering shrub that produces big, splashy flowers – one of the first shrubs to produce blooms in late winter or spring. Although camellias can be somewhat picky about their growing conditions, container grown camellias are definitely possible. In fact, growing camellias in containers is an ideal way to produce the perfect situation for this spectacular plant. Read on to learn how to grow a camellia in a pot. How to Grow a Camellia in a Pot Growing camellias in containers is easy. Camellias prefer well-drained, acidic soil, preferably with a pH between 5.0 and 6.5. A commercial mix for rhododendrons or azaleas is perfect. Alternatively, make your own mix by mixing coarse peat moss or small pine bark with coarse sand in equal parts. Avoid fine peat moss, which tends to quickly become too dry


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