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Camellia - Paradise Petite

Paradise Petite
Family: Theaceae
Plant type: E'green small shrub (it's a dwarf Sasanqua type Camellia).
Planting time:Any time.
Size: 1m x 1m
Depth and Spacing: Planting too deep can be fatal so only plant to the same depth as in the pot and 80-100cm apart. If hedging you may like to plant more closely because these plants are relatively slow growing.
Preferred Aspect: Sun or full shade. If planting in full sun apply a thick mulch to keep their roots cool & moist. In full shade the shape tends to be more open.
Preferred soil type: Camellias need well drained soil since water logging can kill them. These plants also benefit from the addition of well composted manure or peat worked into the soil (but not lots of mushroom compost.)
Watering: Keep well watered for best effect, especially in the first several weeks following planting. A heavy mulch will help keep the soil moist & cool.
Fertilising:Feed your Camellias lightly in Spring or Summer. If using manures ensure they're well composted.
Flowering time:Autumn - Winter
Pruning required: The first vigorous growth looks scraggy but don't trim it since the next spurt will fill it in.
You can prune at any time of the yearbut if you want flowers prune after flowering (late Winter) since flowers are formed on Spring growth.
Climatic Tolerances: Cool to temperate and some tropical areas.
Frost:In medium to heavy frosts, the foliage can look ill but the plant will look good again as soon as the weather warms. Temperatures consistently below -50C can kill the plant.

Last Reviewed: 13/02/2004 11:30:32 AM
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