Camellia pot display

Do it:

Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov

Takes just:

30 minutes

At its best:

Apr, May

This single plant will give you delightful spring colour and its glossy, deep green foliage looks impressive all year round, even when it's not in flower. Place it in a shaded, sheltered position in view of the house so you can always enjoy the display. Buying a camellia in flower lets you choose exactly the colour you want for your patio show-stopper.

You will need

  • Compact camellia, e.g. 'Tom Thumb', 'Anticipation' or 'Black Lace'
  • Large, deep pot, 30-35cm diameter, with drainage holes
  • Crocks
  • Ericaceous, loam-based compost

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Before you start, water the camellia thoroughly in its original pot. Ensure the roots are fully saturated and allow to drain. As this is a heavy, permanent container display, move your pot to its final position before planting it up.

Make sure there are plenty of holes in the base of your pot and add crock shards to improve drainage. Fill your pot about two-thirds full with ericaceous compost, leaving enough room for your plant.

Make a hollow in the compost big enough for your camellia's rootball and place it in the pot.

Position the plant centrally in the pot with the top of its rootball about 5cm below the rim. Fill in around the roots with compost and push down with your fingers. Water well and allow to drain.

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Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith says...

Protect camellia buds and early blooms if frost is forecast – it’s devastating if they become damaged by cold weather. It’s easy to do – just move the pot to a sheltered spot and cover it with fleece until conditions improve.

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