Camellia Sasanqua is a special Asian evergreen that blossoms in winter! This site contains information on this plant belonging to the Camellia sinensis family.
Camellias were introduced to Europe in the 19th century. Over 3,000 different types have since been discovered. Later on, they were also used in the United States and Australia as ornamental plants, which are still appreciated today for their beautiful flowers at the end of winter.
Camellia Sasanqua originally came from China and Japan. The plant's natural habitats are very damp woodlands. This type of Camellia originally came from the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang, where in cold summers and warm winters it was bred with into a plant that will be as comfortable in the home as in the garden.
Camellias prefer to be outdoors, but you can keep the plant indoors after you first buy it and then put it in the garden once it has blossomed. Camellias blossom indoors between November and January; outdoors, the flowers start opening from January onwards.
Camellias can tolerate temperatures of a few degrees below zero, but rootballs need protection from there on, whether planted in pots or open soil. If you keep your Camellias indoors, it is important not to place them in contact with direct sunlight or in the vicinity of a source of heat. Outdoors, the plant is best placed in part shade.
Water regularly, keeping the soil moist - but not wet! If the rootballs get very dry, the best thing to do is immerse them for a short time. Because Camellias like humid air, spraying the plant regularly is advisable.
Fertilize once a month during the growing season between April and September. General plant fertilizer is fine. In order to preserve the plant's shape, the sprigs need to be regularly pruned back to their original length.
You can also plant Camellia in open soil, and within a few years the plant should grow out to bush size. If your Camellias get sick despite good care, you can use pesticides intended for garden plants.