Camellia, also called the perfect flower, is originally from Asian tropical areas. It is an evergreen plant growing in a tree-like shape developing a round top. It was grown more often in Italy in the past, today it has developed only in some specific areas. Its name comes from a botanic specialist who imported the plant from Japan. These plants can reach up to 15 meters if grown in an ideal environment. Thanks to its characteristic it is used as ornamental plant in parks and gardens.

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Camellia characteristics

Camellia characteristicsCamellia is an evergreen plant which keeps its leaves on all year long. Their color is green with different shades depending on the species. It blooms in the spring and its flowers are generally white, red, pink, double or simple. Some are characterized by being very smelly and others do not smell at all. Camellia produces a large amount of flowers so that, if we see it too full with flowers, we should intervene doing some cuts and keeping the smaller ones that can eventually grow better and bigger.

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Camellia location

Camellia locationCamellia likes temperate zone weather, full with humidity. With these prerequisites, the location will allow the plant to grow very tall and creating a very strong wood which is used for several purposes. Cold places are not ideal, but you could overcome the problem by covering the plant or keeping it in warm and humid places. It grows better in open spaces, and the temperature should never go below 5-7 degrees C. Moreover, despite the humidity that this plant prefers, it is always a good idea to keep the soil drained in order to avoid water stagnation. To repot the plant, it is better to wait for September and October when temperatures are a little colder.

Camellia care

At the end of the winter the camellia should be fertilized with some humus or manure in order to buds to grow at the end of the winter, while during the blooming season the plant will need some specific chemical elements and minerals. Water for irrigations should be free with limestone or anyway with a low presence of it. Once the plant has bloomed you will have to get rid of dry and weak branches, keeping the strongest ones, and to make it clearer and ready before it gets messy with branches and leaves for the following season.

Camellia properties and maintenance

Camellia has also several properties which are good for the health and the beauty of human beings. Camellia infusion is well knows and drunk all over the world as water substitute. It contains caffeine, anti-oxidants, and similar other elements. It has stimulating effects as well as toning ones. If you are willing to get the best from your Camellia, you should not let parasites attack your plant, which is easily attackable. Usually the plant gets weaken by the wrong care lacking the right elements. Too much humidity, or not enough sun exposure, temperature swings and similar can cause the plant to get rotten easily. At the first signs of disease, treat your plant with the right products, in order to take advantage once it gets healed, of the several potential properties it can give you.

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