you want a glorious plant that will flower year in & year
out & flourish with little attention, then you can't go
past the Camellia.
Many a garden is adorned with the delightful & perfect
shaped flowers of the Camellia, and the Sasanquas are a wonderful
variety for the home garden. The Sasanqua Camellia is well
adapted to the hotter climate in Queensland and can tolerate
direct sunlight, but will also do very well planted on the
southern side of homes in semi-shade.
Sasanqua Camellias are one of the easiest to grow of the Camellias
and produce wonderful displays of flowers in autumn, winter
and spring. They come in many shades of colours, from brilliant
clean whites; to light pinks through to reds. They look delightful
when planted in groupings and especially in screens or hedgerows.
Camellias love a slightly acid soil with pH of around 5.5
to 6. When planting Camellias, improve the soil with Searles®
Azalea & Camellia Mix & Searles® Real Compost. The
other important factor is to make sure they are in a well
drained position, as they don't like soggy conditions.
established, Camellias grow well with regular watering, about
once to twice a week. In dry conditions, where they are left
to fend for themselves, they won't grow or flower so well.
Camellias will flower best when fertilised regularly. As camellias
are acid loving plants, they need and love good quantities
of available iron. The best way to add iron is when fertilising
in soluble form, by using Iron Chelate. Searles Flourish®
Azalea, Camellia & Gardenia Soluble Plant Food is a specially
formulated fertiliser for these wonderful acid-loving plants,
and contains high levels of soluble iron in chelate form.
By regularly applying Searles Flourish® Azalea, Camellia &
Gardenia Soluble Plant Food every 3-4 weeks, you will ensure
good strong healthy growth with lovely deep green leaves.
As they are slow growing, Camellias do not need much pruning,
but an occasional tip prune will help keep them in shape.
By growing Sasanqua Camellias in your garden, you will be
delighted with the wonderful clean look and the brilliantly
delightful flowers, year in and year out.
Happy Gardening with Searles from the Searle family.
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