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Supplement to the 2017 Camellia Nomenclature

Camellias registered by SCCS since the publication of “Camellia Nomenclature 2017” – Compiled by Richard Buggeln and Bradford King Additions/Corrections in Blue Printable Supplement in PDF Format Species Japonica AKARORA ROUGE – See ‘Madame Picouline’. ANITA ROCHE – Rose Pink, some veining on petals. Large to very large, semidouble form. Upright growth. M. (U.S. 1999 – Ken Hallstone Lafayette, CA ... Read More »

Size and Species Changes in the 2014 Camellia Nomenclature

The camellia nomenclature research committee adopted 29 changes in size and 4 species changes that may mean that a particular variety may need to be placed in a different show class than in previous years. JAPONICAS Apollo 14 – large change to medium to large April Dawn – has no size listed; add small to medium April Snow – has ... Read More »

Directory of California Camellia Societies

ATWATER GARDEN CLUB & CAMELLIA SOCIETY: President—Georgeanne Adamy. Meetings 2nd Tuesday, September-June, 6:30 p.m. Atwater Community Center 760 E Bellevue, Atwater. KERN COUNTY, CAMELLIA SOCIETY OF: President—Susan Stull.  Meetings are held at 12:30 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of the month in October, January, February, April and May. Meeting Place: Church of the Brethren on the corner of Palm and A ... Read More »

Camellia Culture

by Marilee Gray – Camellias are the jewels of the shade garden that brighten the winter months with blooms of incredible variation and beauty.  It is unfortunate, however, that many people consider camellias difficult to grow, when, in fact, they are very easy to grow once their needs are understood and met.  Most camellias don’t just die; they are killed ... Read More »

Camellia Progagation

By Bradford King – Camellias can be propagated in numerous ways: seeds, cuttings, grafting and air layering. Camellias grown from seed will vary from the parent therefore they will not be discussed here. (Check out the article “Growing Camellias from Seed”) CUTTINGS: Camellia cuttings are taken from the plant the grower wishes to reproduce. The cutting needs to be four ... Read More »

Camellia Propagation: Secrets of Rooting Cuttings

by Ray Bond, TX – At Bond Nursery Corp., we have spent a lot of time and money on research and development, particularly in the area of camellia propagation, i.e., rooting cuttings. We have had outstanding success and our average loss rate is now less than 30%. Many have asked what our “secrets” are and we have been hesitant to ... Read More »

Grafting Camellias

by Hal Vanis – Grafting is probably the best way to increase your camellia collection, whether from your favorite plant or a new hard to get variety. Cuttings can be bought form different sources, but most camellia growers will gladly share “wood” with you. A few years ago, Jim Peninger showed me how to graft using the cleft-graft (“stump-cutting”) method ... Read More »

Camellia Variegation

by Ray Bond – Part 1: Genetic VariegationOne of the factors that makes camellias so eye-catching is the variegation that the plants show in their blooms. Other families and species of plants can display signs of variegation, but this will be about camellias. You can probably think of other kinds of plants with variegation after reading this article. There are ... Read More »

The Basics of Fertilizing Camellias

by Marilee Gray, Claremont, CA — Camellias are so easy to grow that many people claim that their camellias are beautiful and productive even though they receive no special attention except watering through the dry seasons. Yet others, who are in the conscientious, attentive gardener classification, despair because camellias are so difficult to grow. Their dead and dying camellias attest ... Read More »

Growth Season Fertilizing

Kristina Hooper – Although you don’t have to fertilize your camellia for it to bloom, it will produce stronger growth and larger more colorful blooms when fertilized. This section will cover fertilization during the growing season, which is when plants first begin new growth (March or April depending on your area and variety) to late summer. Be careful not to ... Read More »

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