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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 »

Pruning the Camellia Plant

by Harold L. Paige, Lafayette, CA & C. Norwood Hastie, Jr., Charleston, SC -   Careful and scientific pruning of camellias has now become an accepted part of their culture and care, although proper pruning is perhaps the most neglected phase of camellia culture today. Perhaps the practice would be more freely employed if the grower gave more thought to ... 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 »

Camellia Soil Mixes for Landscape and Containers

By Brad King – Camellias prefer a well-drained soil that is high in humus and slightly acid. A PH of 7 or less is acceptable but 5.5 to 6.5 are ideal. The use of coarse peat moss or oak leaf mold provides humus and the acid condition. When either is mixed in equal parts with “sharp” or “potting” sand a ... Read More »

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