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Camellia japonica 'Grand Slam'

Camellia

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour

Red

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

photo by Carole Drake, copyright GAP Photos (255851)

Plant details

Camellias are classic spring-flowering shrubs with colourful waxy flowers and glossy foliage. 'Grand Slam' has vivid, dark red, double or semi-double flowers and superb glossy leaves. It should be positioned in a sheltered position to avoid cold winds and late frosts which can scorch the flowers. All camellias need acid soil but if your soil is limey, you can grow one superbly in a large tub filled with ericaceous, or lime-free compost. For container-grown camellias avoid using tap water as it contains too much lime; use rainwater from a water butt instead.

Family: Theaceae

Genus: Camellia

Species: japonica

Cultivar: Grand Slam

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 400cm

Spread: 1000cm

Flowering period: March to May


Reader reviews

Launa

I've got 2 camellia japonicas growing in my south-facing garden in Kent. They are both well established plants in excess of 10 years old. They both start flowering in late February but the flowers only last for about 3 weeks before going brown at the edges and dying off. The leaves are looking very healthy and they are both covered with lots of new shoots as I write. Why don't the flowers last longer? Is there something I should be doing to help them?


bobthepot

i have a camelia (GRAND SLAM) I AM GROWING IT IN A POT AND WOULD LIKE TO KEEP THE HIEGHT TO ABOUT 4FT HOW WOULD I ACHIEVE A BUSHY PLANT.THANK YOU


DEBBIERYAN

I HAVE A CAMILLIA @ IT IN A SEMI SHADE AREA IN THE GROUND BUT IS BROWN LEAVE FALLING OFF IT @ NOT FLOWING , IT IS WATER ON A REG , THE WHEN PLANTED I ALWAYS PUT SOIL DOWN WITH IT @ HAVE PUT SPRAY STUFF ON IT TO KEEP THE UP PROVADO ULTIMATE BUG KILLER OFF @ PUT A SYSTANE FUNGUS FIGHTER ON AS WELL , SO WHAT CAN I DO , DO U THINK IT WOULD BE BETTER 4 ME 2 MOVE IT LATER IN THE YEAR ( AS IT IS KNOW JUNE) OR SHALL I MOVE IT KNOW


mirabelle

Woofie,
I went on another site and it suggested mites/insects caused this black stuff and suggested spraying and then washing the leaves with soapy water.
Hope this works.



mirabelle

No answers so far! I have just come in from the garden where I saw the same black stuff, we had no flowers or buds.
I have cut off some twigs with black leaves. Is this what one should do? Also I`ve put them in the `Green` bin to be collected Friday.
Has anyone got answers?


woofie

I Have 3 camelllia. with a black furry coating on the leaves & the buds are falling off. can anyone help


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