Camellia japonica 'Blood of China' 10L Pot

Code: TR1042
Camellia japonica 'Blood of China' 10L Pot
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Camellia japonica 'Blood of China' 10L Pot
Camellia japonica 'Blood of China' 10L Pot

If red is your colour then this is the Camellia for you! A fantastic, vibrant red that appears early in the year when all else is looking rather grey. Camellia japonica 'Blood of China' is a beautiful yet hardy, evergreen shrub with rich scarlet red flowers from early spring and glossy and leathery leaves. It's ideal for a mixed or spring border and the foliage provides an excellent foil for early perennials.

The petals are wonderfully ruffled around a central point creating a fantastic display. Even once the flowers have dropped this plant still has great ornamental effect as its evergreen, glossy foliage is a welcome addition to any garden.

This particular shrub is mature and as a result it is already a healthy, thick, strong bush. It 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.

Characteristics

  • Pot Size: 10L Pot
  • Height on Arrival: 70-100cm
  • Eventual Height: 1.5-2.5m
  • Eventual Spread: 1.5-2.5m
  • Rate of Growth: Average
  • Habit: Bushy
  • Flower Colour: Red
  • Flowering Period: January-March (Mid)
  • Foliage Colour: Dark Green
  • Hardiness Rating: Fully Hardy
  • Planting Period: All Year
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen
  • Prefered Position: Partial Shade
  • Prefered Soil Type: Ericaceous
  • Moisture Requirements: Well-drained
  • Exposure: Semi sheltered
  • Wildlife Friendly: Yes - attracts insects and bees

Planting advice

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 than 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.

 
Customer Reviews

Average Rating: 5.0/5 (3 reviews)

Rating: 5/5

"Lovely, healthy plant. Very happy customer."

Reviewed Monday, 5 November 2018

Rating: 5/5

"BEAUTIFULL HEALTHY PLANT WELL WORTH THE PRICE PAID WE WILL BE ORDERING MORE"

Reviewed Sunday, 23 September 2018

Rating: 5/5

"Lovely, healthy plant with plenty of buds"

Reviewed Monday, 17 September 2018

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