These instructions are sent with the plant gift
Camellias (camellia sasanqua) are outdoor plants and will do best outside either in a pot or planted out into the ground. This is the autumn flowering variety of camellia and will produce a flush of blooms from October to December.
If you need to keep your camellia indoors for a while when it first arrives, keep it as cool as you can and make sure there is plenty of natural light but not direct sunlight. An East or West facing window is ideal.
Keep your Camellia well watered, the compost should feel wet to touch. In the winter outside you shouldn’t need to water but in summer if you are keeping it in pot do keep an eye on the watering.
After flowering your Camellia plant can be re-potted in a larger pot with suitable compost and put outside on a patio or balcony or planted out into the ground. Camellias like acid soil, so choose compost suitable for rhododendrons and heathers and other acid-loving plants (ericaceous). When planting Camellias in the garden, choose a sheltered part-shaded position where you can see the autumn flowers. Try to avoid a situation where the early morning sun shines on frosted plants because this can spoil the flowers.
Over time Camellias can grow into quite substantial specimens several feet high. In china, where these plants originate they have even been known to reach 15ft and 500 years old. Older plants are very hardy but young plants should be protected from heavy frost for the first winter. You might find the easiest way to do this is just to wrap the pot with fleece or bring it up close to the wall of your house.
If your plant seems to be suffering indoors and prone to leaf drop, try putting it outside or in a cooler room. These are garden plants really and will always be happiest outdoors long term.