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Camelia Japonica, one of the most loved species of Camellias among the more than 80 known and recognized today. One of the few of its kind, cultivable both in pots and in our gardens, always ready to give us flowers and satisfactions when we least expect it: in winter.
The genre Camellia has origins in India, China and Japan, it includes very long-lived evergreen shrubs that even reach heights of 6-7 meters. There Camelia Japonica is from the beginning one of the most widespread in Europe, she and her other sisters have also lived in flower gardens, for example in that of Royal Palace of Caserta and of the Malmaison of Giuseppina, Napoleon's wife.
Camelia Japonica: flowering
It occurs during the cold months, from February to May: in these months the Camelia Japonica it gives us flowers in abundant quantities, quite large, single, semi-double or double. Together with the Japonica, the lesser known also flourishes Camelia Sasanqua, less conspicuous but equally generous and precocious.
Returning to ours Camelia Japonica, it should be noted that although it produces flowers in harsh seasons, it is very sensitive to frosts that endanger the plant itself if not its budding. For this reason it is recommended to let it overwinter in a sheltered place, especially if we live in regions of Northern Italy or with severe climates.
Potted Camelia Japonica
If we don't have a garden, we don't have to give up Camelia JaponicaIndeed, it is very practical and easy to grow one in pot, taking an ideal one that is not too large and filling it with a soil substrate suitable for acidophilic plants.
Once set, the plant can gradually be repotted with a rhythm of about two to three years so that she is always comfortable. It is not an operation to do when we are comfortable and we have time, but we must pay attention to its life cycle. Repotting is absolutely to be avoided when the plant is launching new shoots, otherwise we could interrupt its growth and find ourselves forced to give up the future blooms.
Camelia Japonica: exhibition
Get used to undergrowth atmospheres or in any case semi-shaded, it is good for camellias to find a similar exposure also in our homes or in our gardens. It is therefore necessary to place them in fairly bright but semi-shaded places, also keeping them sheltered from the wind. If we talk about Camelia Japonica in pots, in winter it can be kept on the balcony as long as the climate is not too harsh and at risk of freezing, for the other months of the year a cool and shady location.
Camelia Japonica red
Just ours so beloved camelia japonica is one of the most popular and well-known red-flowered camellias in our area, and it must be said that there are not many reds, besides her, Sasanqua and the Christmas camellia, with a less conspicuous but always very beautiful flowering. But if we go looking for a Camellia and ask for it red in nurseries and shops, nine times out of ten we will find a Camelia Japonica.
Camelia Japonica white
Look for one Camelia Japonica white is a feat since its color is red. Instead of going crazy or making nurserymen crazy, it is better to fall back on other species of Camellias that prefer other colors when they bloom. White, a very popular color, but also pink and variegated are there. The yellow is a very rare color but not impossible to find.
Camelia Japonica in winter
Blooming in winter, the Camelia Japonica easily resists up to at least -15 ° C, especially if grown in the ground, while in pots there is more danger that the cold will damage the roots. If we are the kind of caring green thumb, we can decide to cover the foliage with a protective sheet, arranging these plants in well-lit areas.
Treated well they give us sharp dark green leaves at the apex and many flowers that, in the gardens, can even sprout up to 15 meters high. A fairly common and increasingly popular use for Camelia Japonica is that of the hedges seen and beautiful colors not only when it blooms but only for the dark foliage and the serrated outline.
Camelia Japonica: diseases
Despite being resistant as a plant, the Camelia Japonica it is certainly not unassailable, like everyone and everyone has its enemies. Aphids, for example, or cochineal: both do not create lethal damage so it is not necessary to create unnecessary alarmism. The diseases that most frequently encounter this plant are the bad white or and the leaf spot which can be addressed with specific products.
Also in these cases it is better to evaluate the gravity of the situation before taking chemical action. Me too'oziorrinco it is to be mentioned among the enemies of this plant, especially if it takes it out on the younger specimens damaging them a lot. It nibbles the leaves ruining the margin, but you can intervene to limit the damage and drive it out.
Camelia Japonica: price and where to buy it
Buy one Camelia Japonica even online it's easy and you can trust it, it gets you home a plant which will be a meter and a half, already full of buds that will show off mixed colors, most likely red. With some such plants, lined up, we can compose bulky hedges or bushes, or we can buy one to keep in pots on the balcony, looking after it.
Camelia japonica bonsai
They also exist Camelia Japonica bonsai and this was to be expected given the countries of origin of this plant. This bonsai is not very popular, at least in our country, but it is full of meanings that make it desirable both to keep and to give as gifts. The Camellia from ancient times in Japan has a meaning related to refinement and elegance and is used for manifest long-lasting love. This is because it has a perfect and repeated symmetry that well represents the concept of couple in the ideal of many.
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