What is the difference between a camellia and a camellia japonica?
The answer is simple - a camellia japonica blooms in autumn and bears large round flower buds whereas a camellia comes all year round and bears small globular flowers.
How do I grow camellias? Camellias grow well in most situations but prefer a sheltered sunny position. They require a medium to heavy soil with plenty of organic matter. They need a deep planting to hold moisture and should be divided every three or four years to keep the plants healthy. They will do best in light shade.
How do I prune camellias? Camellias are pruned in the early spring before the first leaves appear. The main aim of pruning is to allow the plant to put energy into the production of new shoots. Most growers prefer to use a wire brush to remove dead wood. The easiest way to remove the stems from the plant is to prune them off at the base. This can be done by cutting the stem at ground level using a sharp secateurs.
Camellia Flowers - Autumn. The flowers of camellias have the appearance of an onion (hence the name "camellia") and are usually white, pink or cream coloured. They come in two forms: male and female. The male flowers are pollinated by bees and their pollen is carried by wind currents. The female flowers are not pollinated and are used to make seeds. The camellia seeds are sown during the autumn when they are dry and are known as "fines".
Camellia flowers - Autumn. Camellias have a very long blooming period and will flower continuously throughout the year, in fact camellias can flower year-round in mild climates. The best time to sow the seeds is during the autumn. The first flowers to appear are usually the male flowers. As the season progresses the first flower buds appear, these are the female flowers which are followed by the "fines". When the flowers are no longer required for pollination, the fruits are formed. These are the familiar seed pods which are either green or brown depending on the colour of the outer skin. The seed pods are a source of food for birds and other wildlife.
Camellia Flowers - Spring. Camellias are easily cultivated and will grow well in most situations, but should be protected from high winds and frost.
How do you care for a camellia reticulata?
Like any other camellia.
It likes good soil with lots of organic matter and a pH of between 5 and 6. It doesn't like shade and they like sun. They are not hardy in the north, so they should be put in the garden in spring. I grow them in big pots in my garden and we have some in the greenhouse which has windows all year round. They have only just started to flower now and they will look better in the summer.
How big does Camellia reticulata get?
Camellia reticulata, which also known as Camellia sinensis, are a member of the Theaceae family of flowering plants, and the most widely cultivated species in the world.
It is an evergreen tree growing up to 30 meters tall. The species is native to southern and eastern Asia. Camellia reticulata is most often found in the wild growing in deep soils of tropical and subtropical rainforests. The plant flowers in spring and summer, and is the source of the Camellia oil.
Camellia reticulata trees are commonly grown for their edible fruit, as a shade tree, and as a popular ornamental garden plant. Camellia reticulata is also cultivated as an oilseed crop, and used for the production of camellia oil and tea oil. The tea oil is used in many beauty products such as face and body lotions.
Camellia reticulata is considered a very valuable tree as it is fast growing, relatively easy to grow and is hardy. Due to its large size, it can be used for commercial forestry purposes. Camellia reticulata has a wide range of uses and benefits. It provides an excellent example of a tropical hardy evergreen tree species, with broad leaves and attractive white flowers. It is an adaptable plant that will tolerate a range of conditions. A Camellia reticulata tree will grow well in soil that has good drainage, but does need a lot of water in hot climates. Camellia reticulata does not like to be cold, and will need protection during the winter months. The tree should be planted in full sun for best growth, and a mature tree can survive without any direct sunlight for an extended period of time.
How does Camellia reticulata get bigger? When C. Reticulata is ready to be harvested, it will produce a number of flower stalks. Each flower stalk will grow up to 15 cm in length, and flowers bloom in clusters. After flowering, these stalks will produce seeds, and turn brown. These seeds will ripen during the following year, and will be ready to harvest. Reticulata is a fast growing and relatively easy to grow tree. It has an average growth rate of 1.