ASK DANNY: Advice for planting a camellia

Camellia

Jane wants to grow her own camellias and needs some advice.

Danny,
I have been given a small camellia bought from a well-known supermarket.
It is bitterly cold here on the Isle of Arran in Scotland, so I intend to plant it outside in the spring.
What size of pot do I need? And where should I put it?
Jane Nichol

Jane,
I would suggest a minimum 12-inch pot with good, rich topsoil. One advantage in planting it in a pot is you can move it to an area with plenty of sun [as needed].
Danny

8 COMMENTS

  1. Hi, I was wondering can you take a gaff or stem from the plant and use it to get a new start. or do you need the roots.

    • Hi, Clara,
      Gardening questions can be tricky since the rules can change based on the region. You didn’t include the location, so we would suggest contacting your local Master Gardeners association.
      Master gardeners train on a range of topics so they can provide advice, at no charge, for people in their area.
      Thanks for your question, and good luck!

  2. Hi Danny. I recently visited my aunt in Georgia and she sent me this gorgeous picture of her camellia in full bloom. I love it so much. Would it be possible for me to grow one where I live in western NY? I live in a slightly higher elevation about 25 min from Lake Erie. Also, if it’s possible, what is the best way for me to get one started? I’m certain she would be willing to send me seeds but I wonder if getting one already started might be better.

    • Hi, Debra,
      Gardening questions can be tricky since the rules can change based on the region. We suggest contacting your local Master Gardeners association, such as the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Eerie County.
      Master gardeners train on a range of topics so they can provide advice, at no charge, for people in their area.
      Here’s more information: http://erie.cce.cornell.edu/contact
      Thanks for your question, and good luck!

  3. I live in England I have a cammelia bush the buds never open have had the plant for two years can you help me why do they not open

  4. I live in North Mississippi. My house faces east and I want to plant Early Autumn – Camellia Japonica which has lovely pink blooms. I would like to plant in front of my house near foundation. There are two problems (1) the ground in my yard is clay (2) the location in front of my house would be in full sun until early afternoon. I am concerned that the camellia would not thrive in this location. What do you think? I could add better soil – really concerned about the sun.

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