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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 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 »

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 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 »

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 »

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 »

Disbudding

by T. Savige, Australia - The practice of disbudding (removing surplus flower buds from plants) is as old as horticulture itself and based upon the simple mathematical principle that the fewer divisions made in any substance, the larger each will be. Theoretically, it presupposes that a plant can produce only a certain total quantity of blooms satisfactorily; consequently, if better ... Read More »

Sun Camellias

48 pages of information about camellias that do quite well growing in the sun. Includes articles from a 1955 edition of The Camellia Review, suggested uses for sun camellias as bonsai, hedges, pots and baskets, a shopper’s guide, a list of camellia nurseries and lots of photos. Individual copies are $10, US shipping $2.50. For international shipping, contact Bobbie Belcher. ... 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 »

Three Decades of Winning Cultivars

By Don Bergamini - Analysis of the top twenty winners in California of the eighties, nineties and the first decade of two thousand. These cultivars have won best or runner-up in their respective categories to make the list. The first column lists the name of the cultivar, column two, four, and six the rank by the number of wins in ... Read More »

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