Camellia 'Lady Vansittart' - 4L - Camellia japonica 'Lady Vansittart'
An unusual camellia with semi-double, white flowers, flushed and striped rose-pink, and distinctive glossy dark green leaves. This upright, evergreen shrub is less vigorous than other varieties of camellia and as a result it is easy to keep small and neat.
Since it's less vigorous than other varieties of camellia 'Lady Vansittart' is perfectly suited to planting in a container to bring some colour to a terrace or patio and will do best in ericaceous soil in either partial shade or sun. 'Lady Vansittart' flowers profusely and very reliably from February right through to April. Easy to grow and super reliable this handsome, evergreen shrub has glossy, bright green leaves providing year long interest. Characteristics
Pot Size: 4L PotHeight on Arrival: 50-80cmEventual Height: 3mEventual Spread: 3mRate of Growth: 5-10 YearsHabit: BushyFlower Colour: PinkFlowering Period: Feb-Apr (Mid)Foliage Colour: Dark GreenHardiness Rating: Fully HardyPlanting Period: All Year EvergreenPrefered Position: Partial ShadePrefered Soil Type: EricaceousMoisture Requirements: Well-drainedExposure: Semi shelteredWildlife Friendly: Yes - attracts insects and bees
Choosing the right position for your camellia is essential. They need to be in a reasonably sheltered area with well draining soil and ideally dappled sun or semi shade. They will not do well in waterlogged area. Acid soil is preferred - if you have chalky or limestone soils then container planting is advised.
Plant your camellia relatively high, so that the top of the root ball is level with the surface of the soil. This helps water drain away from the trunk.
Camellia are shallow rooting, so avoid planting them under shallow-rooted trees such as birch or cherry.
If potting in a container, be sure to use a mix of 3 parts ericaceous compost and 1 part well draining soil. For extra drainage add some stones to the bottom of the pot.
Looking after your camellia
Watering: Young camellias are not particularly drought tolerant so ensure to water at least 3-4 times a week during dry summer spells. Older plants become more resilient and are moderate drinkers. Avoid overwatering by ensuring soil dries out between watering.
Pruning: A light pruning after the spring bloom is advised, just enough to encourage the desired shape. Pinching off the tips of branches will encourage more fullness.
Fertilising: Once blooming has finished, feed camellias sparingly with a balanced fertiliser, or with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving plants. For increased absorption, apply fertiliser in a circle around the shrub, rather than concentrating it directly around the trunk.