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Cammellia (Camellia)

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Cammellia (Camellia) - Bonsai Tree Type (Outdoors) Bonsai Care

Three main varieties : Japonica (Common Camellia): Shiny, oval, dark green leaves with red/white/pink flowers March to May. Reticulata: Long, narrow dark green leaves and big, funnel shaped pink/red/purple unscented flowers with 15-20 petals. Sasanqua : Drooping habit with lighter green, small, oblong, blunt-ended leaves with white/pink scented flowers with 6-8 petals.

STYLE : suited to every style, except formal upright and broom.

WARNING : Branches are brittle so protect with raffia. Do not leave wire on the tree for more than a month or two.

Care Info

LOCATION : Semi-shaded site preferred but does need light in order to flower.  Does not like to be moved as it is sensitive to changes in light and temperature conditions .

REPOT : Annually in a deepish pot in late spring, when branches have finished growing and buds have formed.

SOIL : Must be in acid soil which can be clayey. pH 4.0-5.5.

PRUNE : Hard prune after flowering and before new shoots harden.

PINCH: No requirement.

WATER : Water well in growing season, sparingly in winter.

FEED : Reacts badly to chemical fertilizers. Feed with slow acting organic fertilizer. Best feed is a compost of its own leaves.

WARNING : Branches are brittle so protect with raffia. Do not leave wire on the tree for more than a month or two.

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