Posted: 19/12/2014 at 07:01
I'm not a camelia grower but Ma grew them, so I'll start off and give my two pennyworth - I'm sure someone who grows them will be along soon and give you more information.
I would keep it outside - I don't think it would like the warm dry atmosphere in a house.
It would be best where it is shaded from the morning sun - in the winter the buds can get frozen - that is fine as long as they defrost slowly, but if they face east or south east and get the morning sun that will thaw them quickly and the buds will be damaged. Ma had hers on the north and west facing sides of the house and never had a problem.
Remember that camellias are acid loving and hate lime, so water with rainwater only.
And this thread has reminded me that the other day as I rode the bus into the city I saw a huge camellia (probably 'Donation') in full flower - it was an absolute picture - in December!