care of camilla - Knowledgebase Question

Lady Lake, FL (Zone 8B)
Question by svgeri
April 24, 2005
how do i care for a camilla


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Answer from NGA
April 24, 2005

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Vincent,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. We are transitioning to a new Q&A system and your question was unfortunately lost in the transition. I have discovered it now and hope this reply is not too late to be of help.

Gardenias love a soil that is well drained but moist and slightly acidic. Mix lots of peat or composted pine bark into the soil prior to planting and build up a raised planting bed area if the area is low and prone to staying wet after a rain. Don't plant the camellia too deep, certainly not any lower than it was growing in the container. Fertilzize lightly with a soluble product for acid loving plants such as Miracid for the first few months then switch to a granular product for azaleas and camellias following the label rate. You can also use cottonseed meal at a rate of one cup worked into the soil surface in an area extending two feet out from the plant in all directions.

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