The Q&A Archives: Camellias

Question: How do you take care of a camellia?

Answer: Camellias are one of those carefree evergreen shrubs that grow especially well in the Pacific Northwest. Most Camellias will grow in full sun to part shade, in average garden soil. They require regular watering when they're young, but once established (3-4 years), they can get along with only occasional watering during the hottest summer months. Prune after bloom to keep the shrub small, or allow it to grow without pruning. Camellias often set more flower buds than they can support, so some of the buds may fall without opening. Sometimes the plants are attacked by scale insects. Inspect your plant for brownish lumps or bumps on the stems and squish any scales you find. Other than the above, Camellias are an easy care addition to any landscape.

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