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    Cultural Information
    Camellias need a moist, well-drained soil that's rich in organic matter. Camellias tend to be somewhat shallow rooted so a yearly application of mulch like pine straw is very beneficial.

    While established plants can tolerate full sun, bright filtered light is best. Protection from hot afternoon sun will help prevent leaf burn and keep the foliage a deep lustrous green.

    Planting
    1. Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball.
    2. Using Pike Planting Mix, mix one part natural soil and one part planting mix.
    3. Place a small handful of E.B. Stone Sure Start in the bottom of the hole and incorporate into the soil to help the camellia establish and prevent transplant shock.
    4. Make sure the top of the original root ball is one inch above ground level.
    5. Firmly tap soil to remove any air pockets.
    6. Water in with Bonide Plant Starter.

    Fertilizing
    Camellias like slightly acidic soil so be sure to fertilize with 'acid-type' fertilizers specifically formulated for camellias.
    1. Feed monthly with 100% organic E.B. Stone Azalea, Camellia and Gardenia Food.
    2. Use a spring and fall application of Ironite.

    Water
    Keep soil moist to the touch, but don't over water. Apply two inches of pine straw or some other type of mulch around the plant to help retain moisture and protect the roots from temperature extremes.

    Watch for soils that become compact and are slow to drain. Apply gypsum if slow drainage is a concern.

    Care
    Camellias are best if left totally alone. No pruning is required except to shape the plant.

    Camellia petal blight is the only disease that can be a problem. The flowers turn brown or the buds fail to open. Spray with a copper spray and remove infected flowers from the plants and on the ground.


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