I have been asked fifty times this month if now is an okay time to plant camellias. The truth of the matter is that now is an absolutely perfect time to plant camellias in the Deep South. Because of our mild winters, October through March is the perfect time to establish all plants including camellias in our area. If you lived in colder climates, it would be best to plant in the spring and use the mild summers to establish your plants.
Using the proper planting techniques is still critical to your camellia success, so be sure to click here to see recommendations.
Another important piece of the puzzle is to not forget to water even during the colder months. Make sure that your plants stay hydrated during the cool season. I always tell my customers to make sure that they don’t let their camellias dry out during the first year. That will help to keep your plants happy and healthy!
So now that you know that now is a great time to plant camellias, what are you waiting for? Come see us while supplies are good and the plants are beginning to bloom. I look forward to seeing all of you soon! And,…if you have blooms that you are trying to identify, bring some of them to the nursery for me to see.
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.