The Camellia plant is best admired for its flowers. Its attractive blooms come in many various sizes and colours in many interesting forms. This disease-resistant plant shows off its magnificent flower display when most of the flora in the garden is looking drab and bare. When growing Camellias in garden pots, you can expect different shades of white, pink and red and can even be variegated too.
Camellia plants can often be seen in garden pots where they actually grow happily in. They can be cultivated even without available ground space. You can just place them in either your patio or balcony where you can conveniently move them around in and out of the shade.
This hardy plant hardly needs to be moved to a protected location except when the temperature goes below 20 degrees, because there is a possibility that the roots will freeze.
Potting and Repotting
Camellias are one of the best flowering pot plants. Although it grows in most areas, it takes a number of years for it to fully develop. Growing camellia is best done in smaller garden pots first, appropriating it to its size as it continues to grow. To point it out, they must be transplanted to a larger pot as they outgrow the one they were previously in. When the camellia plant is already mature, it will need a 2 feet or so wide container.
The reason behind transplanting is that the camellia plant can suffer a bit when pot bound. For its growth to not be stunted, and for it to give many flowers, it needs to be transferred to a larger pot. This larger pot however must be just one size or a few inches larger to the original pot. Root rot due to overwatering will most likely occur when you plant camellias in a much larger container. Also, when repotting, plant the camellia as deep as when it was growing in its current container. Leave 1 to 2 inches of space from the rim of the container to the level of soil to aid with watering.
As long as you make sure there are enough drainage holes, you could definitely choose whatever type or style of pot to use for these amazing plants. Garden soil might be perfect for other plants but not recommended for a camellia plant. Rather, use fast-draining soil mixes especially blended for container gardening.
Camellias need to be watered regularly. It might even need to be watered daily during really hot summer days if you want the camellia flower buds to stay intact. You should notice water coming out of the drainage holes of the pot when you water it. Also, don’t let it dry too much before watering it again.
Fertilise with a soluble fertiliser only once or twice every month in the spring and summer seasons. When your camellia plant has fully matured, it will stay in that final large pot for the rest of its life. To keep the plant lively and strong for many years, you will need to trim the root ball, add new potting mix and add new soil around the plant which should best be done early spring.