Planting time will play a huge part in the overall success of your camellias. The idea is to plant at just the right time to give your plant time to acclimate to it's surroundings before climate conditions, such as heat and cold, create stress on the plant. A well established plant will be able to handle these stresses better than new plantings.
There are over 200 camellia species thought to exist in the world today, with many of these species being unfamiliar to avid camellia growers. Camellia Japonica has been the most popular camellia in the south for over one hundred and fifty years.
Do you ever wonder how Camellias are named? Carolus Linnaeus, and 18th century Swedish botanist, is responsible for most of the world’s classification of plants and animals, otherwise known as taxonomy.
The first camellias brought into North America were in the latter 1700’s and were sent to Savannah, Georgia. These were seeds of Camellia sinensis and were sent to the Trust Gardens in the hopes that tea could be established here as an agricultural crop. The rest is an interesting history.....
Camellias are evergreen ornamental shrubs that produce a wide variety of blooms. There are hundreds of thousands of varieties worldwide that have been officially named and logged, and probably equally as many that have not. So, what makes the camellia special?
Camellias are the most diverse group of Evergreen Ornamental Shrubs. They typically bloom Fall-Spring with a multitude of colors, patterns, sizes & bloom types. Growth habits and foliage characteristics are also just as diverse as the blooms! And Camellias don't have thorns!
Did you know the tea we all love to drink comes from a Camellia? Not just any Camellia ~ only Camellia sinensis is used for producing the wonderful beverage. We have developed a line of Camellia sinensis Tea plants that are exceptional in the garden as well as in your cup!
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Spring is not far away and your camellias should still be blooming their heads off! When we move into mid to end of March, the camellias will begin tapering off but there's still plenty of time to get out and enjoy the blooms!