Variety: Camellia japonica
Zones: 7 to 9
AHS Heat Zone: Not defined for this plant
Soil Type: Sandy loam to clay loam
Soil pH: 4.5 to 6.5
Sunlight: Shade to dappled
Watering: Normal to moist
Fertilizer: Flowering shrub and tree fertilizer
Availability: Sold as live, potted plants
When to plant: Plant Abbotsleigh Camellia at any time during the growing season as long as there is no danger from frost. If planting in the fall, plant at least eight weeks prior to the first frost.
CONTAINER: Dig a planting hole twice as wide as the root ball and as deep as the soil in the container. Center the camellia in the planting hole and backfill with soil. Create a watering ring around the perimeter of the planting hole. Once the plant becomes established, you can level out the watering ring. Mulch with at least 3 inches of compost or pulverized bark and water well.
BALLED AND BURLAPED: If the burlap is synthetic, remove the burlap, as synthetic burlap will not decompose. If the burlap is organic, leave the burlap on the plant. Dig a planting hole twice as wide as the root ball and as deep as the height of the root ball. Center the camellia in the planting hole. Remove any staples or ties holding the burlap on the plant and fold the top of the burlap down far enough so that it is completely covered when you backfill. Backfill with soil. Create a watering ring around the perimeter of the planting hole. The watering ring can be leveled out once the camellia becomes established. Mulch with at least 3 inches of compost or pulverized bark and water well.
BARE ROOT: Soak bare roots in water for at least eight hours to ensure proper hydration. Dig a planting hole as wide as the spread-out roots and two inches deeper than the discoloration on the stem. The discoloration shows how deep the camellia was previously planted. Create a two-inch mound of soil in the center of the planting hole. Center the camellia on the mound of soil and arrange the roots around the bottom of the planting hole. Fill the hole with water, then backfill with soil. Create a watering ring around the perimeter of the planting hole. Once the plant becomes established, you can level out the watering ring. Mulch with at least 3 inches of compost or pulverized bark and water well.
Water with at least an inch of water per week. The soil should be moist to a depth of at least 18 inches, but it should be well-draining enough so that the soil does not get soggy.
Fertilize with an acidic flowering shrub and tree fertilizer once a year. The best time to fertilize is in the fall. Do a soil test prior to fertilizing. If the soil test shows low or missing nutrients, use a nutrient-specific fertilizer.
Abbotsleigh Camellia is a high-maintenance evergreen landscape shrub that produces pale-green foliage and double, showy, white flowers.
Abbotsleigh Camellia is not susceptible to disease.
Prune Abbotsleigh Camellia during the spring and throughout the growing season for dead and decaying wood and plant matter. Pinch the stem tips to encourage foliage growth. Abbotsleigh Camellia responds well to pruning. If the flowers are too dense to open fully, prune this plant for weakened wood.
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