Plant Care Camellia

Camellia

About Camellia

Camellia is a popular houseplant 🌿 that is a fun challenge to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Camellia likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Camellia belongs to the Camellia genus, and is native to China, Korea, and Central and Southern Japan.

Taxonomy

Camellia japonica
Camellia
Theaceae
Ericales

Also known as

Japanese camellia, Common camellia, Tsubaki, Rose of winter and Japonica

How to care for Camellia

💦 Water

How often to water your Camellia

Water needs for Camellia
0.5 cups
every 9

Camellia needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Camellia

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Camellia in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Camellia: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Camellia love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Camellia does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Camellia in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Camellia

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Camellia: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Camellia after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Camellia can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Camellia →

Common Camellia Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Camellia prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Camellia Water Frequency →

Camellia Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Camellia requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Camellia Light Requirements →

Camellia Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Camellia is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.


🪴 Soil

Camellia does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Camellia →

When and How to Successfully Repot Camellia →


💩 Fertilizer

Camellia grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Camellia grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Camellia →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Camellia can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 7a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Camellia Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Camellia can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

How to Propagate Camellia →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Camellia

Camellia

Camellia


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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