Plant of the Month:
When and Where to Plant:
Plant in the dormant season in light shade with the root ball slightly higher than the surrounding ground.
Care and Maintenance:
Fertilize in late winter with an azalea-camellia food at label rates. If you feed in early fall, use half the suggested label rates. Prune as needed before spring growth. Applications of broad-spectrum fungicides may help prevent some of the fungus problems.
Something of Interest:
Variegated camellias are the result of an intentional infection by a virus.
Recommended varieties: ‘Bonanza,’ ‘Jean May,’ ‘Lavender Queen,’ ‘Maiden’s Blush,’
‘Mine-no-Yuki,’ ‘Shi Shi Gashi,’ ‘Sparkling Bur-gundy,’ and ‘Yuletide.’