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.
Also known as
Japanese camellia, Common camellia, Tsubaki, Rose of winter and Japonica
How to care for Camellia
How often to water your Camellia
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.
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Water 0.5 cups every
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Finding light for Camellia in your home
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
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.
Camellia can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!
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 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 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.
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!
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!
Camellia grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Camellia can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 7a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
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.
Care Summary for Camellia
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.