Keeping camellia as a potted plant - 6 important tips


Most keep camellias outdoors. Asian beauty is also a real eye-catcher as a container plant. But only if it is held correctly.

The camellia is a real eye-catcher in the garden

The camellia is considered difficult to keep among hobby gardeners. On the one hand it is due to the fact that it has very specific care requirements, and on the other hand it is due to the fact that it is not hardy. Whoever brings this plant into the garden has a lot to do. Especially if you keep the Asian beauty as a container plant.

This is how the camellia thrives in the pot

❖ Tip 1 - choose the right pot size:

As with most potted flowers, you need to align the pot size with the plant. So it is wrong to plant a small camellia plant with few roots in an oversized pot. Not only does it look unattractive, it is also harmful to the root system of the camellia, because the root ball would then be surrounded with too much soil. Possible substrate is also too wet and acidified. The plant then absorbs the acidic substrate before it can form a dense and new root system.

Likewise, due to the persistent moisture, it can cause the fine root fibers to die. So-called moisture damage occurs. So always choose the pot that matches the size of the plant.

❖ Tip 2 - Do not place the pot on the floor:

Ideally, the plant pot should not stand directly on the floor, because excess water cannot drain away properly. Appropriate stands are therefore available in retail stores.

So that water can run off better, we advise you to sprinkle the pot in the lower area with pottery or lecaton. This provides ideal drainage.

❖ Tip 3 - use the right plant substrate:

Camellias love a loose, slightly acidic and well-drained soil. A mixture of 1/3 compost, 1/3 garden soil and 1/3 peat would be ideal. In addition, always add some lava grass or sharp sand. This improves root penetration. But you can also use peat soil or rhododendron soil.

❖ Tip 4 - Repot camellias correctly:

Camellias are only repotted when the roots are visible on the surface. Sometimes this can take up to three years. Then use a container that is only about 5 cm larger. Recommended reading: Repotting camellias - a miracle of flowers in winter.

❖ Tip 5 - Caring for camellias properly:

If camellias are kept in a pot, they need more care than camellias that have been planted out. The main thing here is water supply and fertilizer. Plants in a tall pot with lots of soil, for example, require less water than one in a flat container. The plants also need to be watered regularly in winter. But only if the days are frost-free. Reading tip: Caring for camellias - 7 important tips.

❖ Tip 6 - Leave potted plants outdoors for as long as possible:

Camellias love the fresh air. You should therefore stay outdoors for as long as possible. When the outside temperature reaches freezing point, you have to bring it to your winter quarters at a maximum of 10 to 15 degrees Celsius.

If necessary, you can also leave them on a sheltered spot on the terrace. But then it is important that you protect the plant from frost with bubble wrap or coconut mats.