There are many different fertilizers that you could use on your camellias, but the one that I highly recommend is Holly-tone® that is made by Espoma. I really like fertilizers for my Camellias that are organic and break down slowly in the soil.
No Unexpected Release
I don’t feel safe using time release fertilizers, because sometimes the small prills release more fertilizers and salts at a time than they should. This can damage your camellias, so I prefer a constant organic feeding that doesn’t burn the plants. Holly-tone® provides the nutrients that your camellias need without the danger of fertilizer burn.
Holly-tone® has a low nitrogen content. This fertilizer only has 4% nitrogen, so it will not stimulate excessive growth that results in fewer flower buds for you to enjoy. After all, camellias are all about the flowers.
Formulated for Acid Loving Plants
Holly-tone® is a fertilizer for acid loving plants, so it is perfect for camellias. These incredible fall and winter blooming plants require acid soils to be happy. Holly-tone helps to keep your soils in the acid range that they prefer.
The primary application of Holly-tone® would be done in the spring, but it is a good idea to fertilize again in the fall with about half the rate applied in the spring. It helps to keep your camellias healthy and happy.
Here is a great video from Espoma to tell you more about Holly-tone and show you how to apply it.
Gene Phillips is one of the owners of Gene’s Nursery in Savannah, Ga. He is a 2nd generation grower and attributes his love of Camellias to his father, who inspired him to breath in the beauty that they bring to him but more importantly to others. In his ‘free’ time, you’ll find him wandering through old gardens, trying to identify flowers or taking countless number of photos to share with others! He also enjoys meeting people and comparing ‘garden’ stories.