Camellia Sasanqua 'Cleopatra' 7L Pot (40-60cm)
Camellia Sasanqua 'Cleopatra' is one of the earliest Camellias you can buy with flowers blooming right through winter with some flushes as early as October.
A mid to late season Camellia, you will still be enjoying flower right at the end of winter with a spectacular way to welcome spring.
The flowers themselves are interesting and quite distinct to those of Camellia japonicas. The petals are much more lobed grouped around a distinct, bright yellow center.
This mix of soft pink and bright yellow really creates a beautiful display of colour for the winter months.
This Camellia 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: 7L PotHeight on Arrival: 40-60cmEventual Height: 1.5-2.5mEventual Spread: 1.5-2.5mRate of Growth: 5-10 YearsHabit: BushyFlower Colour: PinkFlowering Period: Oct-Feb (Early)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.