The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Family: Theaceae.

Camellia Genus of about 250 species of long-lived, evergreen shrubs and small trees, 3-70 ft (1-20 m) tall. They are found in acidic soil in woodland areas from N. India and the Himalayas to china, Japan and Indonesia, Java and Sumatra. The Camellia produces flowers up to 5" wide with yellow centers and rounded overlapping petals, much like a rose. The flowers are prized, but so are the glossy leaves that stay a deep, shiny green all year. It is a slow grower, but eventually will reach up to 20' tall. Camellias flower from late winter to early spring. Over 3,000 varieties, cultivars and hybrids of Camellia japonica are cultivated. Camellias are a traditional favorite across the southeastern U.S. outdoors. The room must be cool and airy. Buds appear in profusion in early spring, but they will drop if the plant is moved or if there is a sudden change in temperature or soil moisture.
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Warm - minimum 50F in winter. As much light as possible. Shade from hot sun. Grow in well-drained, acidic potting mix. Keep compost moist at all times - reduce watering in winter. Mist leaves frequently. Take stem cuttings in August. Use a rooting hormone and provide bottom heat. Air-layer in late spring.

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