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How To Grow Camellia Flowers

Updated on December 29, 2017
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I live on a homestead in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Writing and reading are my passion.

Beautiful Flowering Camellias

The camellia is one of the oldest flowers. This exotic plant blooms profusely. It produces spectacular new varieties even for amateur gardeners. They have been growing in the wild for thousands of years. Various camellias cross pollute with each other.

A Flowering Bush Grows Within a Year

  • When a new camellia blooms, it may be reproduced by cutting tiny bits of stem with a leaf bud, from the parent plant.
  • And then grafted to the trunk of an established plant.
  • The graft will bloom a year later, showing the new variety.
  • Short lengths of stem are cut and placed in a special mixture to grow roots.
  • A flowering bush grows within a year, which is identical to the parent plant.

Beautiful Pink Camillia

The Chinese Use Some Leaves For Tea

When Queen Elizabeth 1 was on the throne in 1600, it was noticed at the East India Company that the Chinese made a tea from the leaves of a camellia bush called ‘Thea sinensis. The Englishmen also tried this tea and grew fond of it. Years later when traders tried to export the Thea plants to Europe, the Chinese substituted another camellia. It looked like tea but did not have the same flavor. However, these flavorless plants bore beautiful flowers which became very popular with gardeners. They were also taken to America and one planted more than a century ago now has a trunk five feet wide.

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So Many Different Colors

The Flowers Were In Demand

In the 1930’s, a demand for winter flowers that were easy to grow developed in California. The first major grower in America was a Los Angeles newspaper publisher, Manchester Boddy. He had bought a new property which he had named Descanso, 165 rough, hilly. Oak shaded acres in a high valley 20 miles from Los Angeles. Trying to find a way for the land to support itself, he had the idea of growing camellias to sell to florists. In 1948 Boddy heard of spectacular new varieties of Camellia’s that had been discovered in China. He immediately rushed money to Professor Tsai, at China’s Yunnan Botanical Institute in Kunming. Propagated, they were given such names as ‘Butterfly Wings’ and ‘Lionheads.’ When these flowers bloomed, they were large with beautiful colors. A sight to behold. Unfortunately, by 1953 Buddy was in trouble, new varieties had swamped the market, forcing prices down. He then opened Descanso gardens to the public, charging admission. Visitors, up to 5000, on weekends, came to see the flowering camellias.

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More Than a 100,000 Camellias

Later, property developers offered him a huge sum for Descanso, instead, he sold it as a public park, accepting a substantial loss in order to preserve the camellia garden. There were more than 100,000 camellias, with some of them 30 feet tall. Millions of beautiful blossoms flourished.


Buds Ready To Open

Camellias Are Known For Their Beauty

Camellias grown from seed often bear no resemblance to their parents. ‘Tiffany,’ is one of the loveliest camellias grown from seed. Salmon pink, a blossom three inches thick and six inches across. A California gardener had bought and planted some camellia seed, and after about a year this beautiful plant emerged.

The camellias are known for its beauty, but it also has other qualities. It dislikes being cultivated, shapes itself without pruning and has elegant glossy foliage which insects and diseases seem to find repugnant. They also require little food and attention.

© 2017 Anita Hasch

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    • Anita Hasch profile imageAUTHOR

      Anita Hasch 

      16 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      Marlene, camellias certainly give a lovely show. And they are so easy to grow.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      17 months ago from USA

      I have two camellia bushes in my front yard and one camellia tree on the side of the house. They are all hearty and beautiful. It was interesting to read about the history and other facts about this beautiful flower.

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