Grow Your Own Tea

Grow Your Own Tea

Only after water, Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world.  For over 5000 years it has played a unique role in history.  It has brought people together and ripped people apart.  It has made us feel better, think clearer, and

Mulching Your Camellias

Mulching Your Camellias

Mulch is such an important part of camellia gardening, and our customers are always asking about what material works best as mulch. In the picture above, we are using pruning clippings as a mulch for the front of our nursery.

Fertilizing Camellias

Fertilizing Camellias

Whether you are fertilizing old established camellias in your garden or plants that have been recently added, Holly Tone and Milorganite are excellent fertilzers to use on a regular basis. In fact, we have been using both of these organic

Up-Potting Camellias in the Spring

Up-Potting Camellias in the Spring

Spring is an excellent time to up-pot your camellias in containers to larger pots. We are always busy in the spring up-potting our smaller camellias into larger pots, and you can do the same thing with your plants. Keep in

Horticultural Oil

Horticultural Oil

Horticultural Oil is one of the best insecticides to use on camellias. It provides excellent control of Tea Scale and Spider Mites by suffocating these pests without adding dangerous poisons to the environment. Spring and Fall are perfect times to

Basic Camellia Care & Proper Installation

Basic Camellia Care & Proper Installation

Planting Outdoors Planting outdoors is recommended when and if it is suitable for your area. In warmer regions (climate zone 8 and 9), fall planting is best.   For colder climates, spring planting is the prefered time to install camellias. Plant

Spider Mites on Camellias

Spider Mites on Camellias

Severe Spider Mite Damage There are several pest problems that are associated with camellias, but few can affect the appearance of the plants as quickly as spider mites. These tiny pests are not actually insects, but are closely related to

Growing Camellia Seed by Gene Phillips

Growing Camellia Seed by Gene Phillips

Growing camellias from seed is one of the most fascinating parts of camellia propagation. Unlike rooting cuttings, air-layering, or grafting, camellias grown from seed will not be exactly duplicates of the camellias where they originated. All camellia seedlings will be

Some Grafting Methods for Propagating Camellias in China by Professor Gao Jiyin

Some Grafting Methods for Propagating Camellias in China by Professor Gao Jiyin

I have been corresponding with Professor Gao Jiyin of China for many years. He is one of the most knowledgeable sources of camellia expertise in the world. A few years ago, he gave me permission to share one of his

The Resilience of Camellias

The Resilience of Camellias

Camellias are one of those plants that can live and thrive for decades with little or no care. Even without fertilization, insect control, pruning, mulching, and regular watering, camellias can survive and still be impressive. This characteristic makes them one