These instructions are sent with the plant gift
Camellias (camellia japonica) are outdoor plants which bring colour and handsome foliage when there is not that much else going on in the garden. Over time these young plants will grow on slowly and make a large permanent feature in a winter garden.
Your Camellia will do well either grown in a container on a sheltered patio or planted out in the garden. When planting Camellias, choose a sheltered part-shaded position where you can see the winter flowers. Try to avoid a situation where the early morning sun shines on frosted plants because this can spoil the flowers.
Keep your Camellia well watered whilst in a pot, the compost should feel wet to touch. However, do not let your Camellia stand in water as this will rot the root system. It will like to be regularly watered but allow the excess water to drain away. If your plant arrives in a decorative pot without drainage holes, make sure you remove the plant to water it, allowing excess to drain away before returning it to the pot.
After flowering your Camellia plant can be re-potted in a larger pot with ericaceous compost or planted out into the ground. Camellias like acid soil, so choose compost suitable for rhododendrons, heathers and other acid-loving plants.
Over time Camellias can grow into substantial specimens several feet high. In china, where these plants originate they have been known to reach 15ft and 500 years old. Older plants are very hardy but young plants should be protected from frost.
If your plant seems to be suffering try keeping it a bit closer to your home, the brick wall’s residual heat will keep young plants just above freezing, or inside a greenhouse.