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Japanese camellia: planting and caring

Japanese camellia: planting and caring

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Japanese camellia in brief :

Latin name : Camellia japonica
Family : Teaaceae
Type : Evergreen shrub

Harbor : Erected
Height : 2 to 3 m
Diameter : 2 m
Exposure : Shade to partial shade
Ground : Acid, fresh, well drained

Rustic : Yes (down to -12 ° C)
Flowering : December to April depending on cultivars

The Japanese camellia is a shrub persistent with glossy, dark green leaves. Flowers, on the other hand, can be various shapes and colors depending on cultivars. he grow slowly and therefore very suitable for container culture.

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Japanese camellia plantation

Heather land plant par excellence, the Japanese camellia needs several conditions to flourish:

  • a acidic soil and always wet;
  • not be exposed to direct sunlight without being constantly in the shade;
  • be protected from cold drafts.

Planting should preferably take place in early fall to allow the shrub to create enough roots before summer.

Japanese Camellia in a pot:

This type of planting requires choosing a pot (or a tray) bulky and enough stable for resist the wind. Once chosen, make sure the container has drainage holes for the water. If not, make a few openings to facilitate the flow.

Then drop a drainage layer (gravel or clay balls) and complete with heather earth. All that remains is to plant your Japanese camellia, being careful not to bury it too much.

Potted camellia japonica is perfect for Japanese gardens.

Plant in the ground:

For your shrub to flourish fully, it is strongly recommended that you plant it in a acid earth. It will be able to tolerate a neutral soil, but in no case will it support limestone.
After checking that your soil has the correct pH, you can move on to planting by digging a hole large enough to accommodate the root ball. However, this should not be too buried. The ideal is that she outcrops lightly the ground.

Smart tip : whether in pots or in the ground, finalize the planting by adding a layer of mulch to keep the soil moist. Pine bark maritime is ideal because it also preserves the acidity of the soil.

Caring for the Japanese camellia


Sensitive to drought, the Japanese camellia needs always moist soil. Thewatering must therefore be regular and abundant, especially in hot weather. Dry air can also affect the leaves, so don't hesitate to spray the leaves with water at night.
The water used for these different operations is important; she must be the least lime possible.

Size of Camellia Japonica:

The slow growth and habit of the Japanese camellia dispense size. You can however make an exception for a cleaning cup in order to remove faded flowers, and possibly carry out a rebalance size to harmonize the silhouette of the plant.


Breeding the Japanese camellia is not easy. To obtain new plants, effective techniques are cuttings and air layering.

Diseases of Camellia Japonica

The Japanese camellia can be the target of many parasites such as bedbugs or vine weevils. Aphids and mealybugs are also problematic. This is because not only do they weaken the plant, but they also generate an exudate which promotes the appearance of a powdery and blackish-looking fungus called sooty mold.

Although the latter is harmless to the plant, it still disturbs the shrub by clogging the pores of the leaves. It is also very unsightly.

Concerning the diseases that can affect the Japanese camellia, we can mention the camellia gall which is caused by the fungus Exobasidium camelliae and the crown rot caused by the Phytophthora spp.

Some interesting cultivars

Here is a (very) small selection from the large number of cultivars available:

  • ‘Margaret Davis’ (flowering variegated with white and pink);
  • "Kramer’s Supreme" (red bloom);
  • 'Tom Knudsen' (dark red bloom, double);
  • ‘Snow White’ (white bloom);
  • ‘Kerguelen’ (pink flowering).
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Video: Aling Pudang: How to plant Camellia Japonica in pots (May 2022).