Plant Care 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.


Camellia japonica

Also known as

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

How to care for Camellia


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 located in Westerville, Ohio.

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

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Plant care guide for Camellia in Westerville, Ohio

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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 ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Westerville, Ohio ⛅.

Camellia does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


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.

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!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Camellia



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

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