Nutrients are a very important part of camellia care. Your camellias will need adequate nutrients throughout their life cycle, and they can’t get it if you don’t give it to them! Healthy plants grow better and bloom better than nutrient deficient plants.
Our top recommended fertilizers are Milorganite and/or Hollytone. Both give great results on Camellias, are inexpensive, and easy to apply. You can find one or both of these at most garden centers.
You can choose a liquid fertilizer or water soluble like Miracle Grow or Peters plant food. Liquid feed is not a one time thing. You must feed regularly, once every 7-14 days during growing season or you will not see results and your plants could suffer.
Go very lightly on granular “Azalea & Camellia” fertilizer as burning can occur very easily. Make sure if you use this type, that you water well to wash it off leaves and into soil
Fertilize on a regular basis. You eat on a regular basis and if you don’t, you’ll see results—so will your camellias. Once every 3 years is not enough.
Don’t use any fertilizer that is not a general/all purpose or is labeled for other things like lawn fertilizer, cactus fertilizer etc. Like camellias, all fertilizer is different.
Also be careful doubling up on fertilizers – if you have used any type of fertilizer, don’t apply a second application of something else until you know exactly what you’re using. Call us if you have any questions. The only exception to this rule is Holltone & Milorganite, which can be used simultaneously.
Pay close attention to camellias in containers when fertilizing. Water soluable or organic fertilizers are recommended as granular and timed released fertilizers could cause salt burn on containerized camellias.
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