Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Camellias, Two for the Price of One!

When you garden cheap (or try to) you look for all those little tricks that will help save a few dollars. Plant propagation is one of my favorite tricks but here's another money saving trick that pops up from time to time: multiple plants! Sometimes plant propagators stick more than one cutting in a pot to increase the odds that a pot will be filled with at least one plant. It's a time saving technique that prevents the propagator from having to go back and redo a planting. It's not the greatest thing in the world for plants since there are two or more competing (for nutrient and water) plants in the same pot which will then be planted together - unless you catch it! Today while planting my 'Yuletide' Camellia sasanqua the root ball fell into two pieces, literally.  It fell into two pieces. I wasn't trying to divide it, nor was I removing any dirt for any reason. It just broke cleanly into two separate plants and each (fortunately) had pretty good root systems.


What I find peculiar about this camellias is the name.  It's called 'Yuletide' but the yuletide season is in December, this camellia flowers early between September and October!  Hmm...


Whatever the case blooming evergreen plants are very welcome in my landscape. I don't have enough evergreens and the blooms icing on the cake!


These two new camellias make the second variety of camellia in our garden.  The other is 'Winter Snowman'.

Do you grow camellias?  Which ones?



6 comments :

  1. Dave,
    I tried Yuletide, but killed it. Good deal two for one, bet they came from Greensboro, NC they plant two cutting in a pot. We have more than a dozen camellias here, two yet to plant Moon Festival and Leslie Ann

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  2. Lucky you to get two. I always like it when this happens. If we ever get up together I'll give you a baby camellia from my garden. The big monster at over 12 feet tall. It is pink but I don't know the name of it. I love camellias but don't have 'Yuletide'. Let us know how it does for you.

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  3. @tina

    I would love to have another one Tina! Just a matter of meeting up sometime. I'm hoping to figure out how to root a few of these camellias, then I might have some to share.

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  4. @Randy EmmittThey could be from NC. McCorkle Nursery was the name on the tag. Those sound like neat camellias. How are those camellias you grew form seed doing?

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  5. So wish we could grow these stunning camellias, Dave.

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  6. I have a camellia but don't know it's name. It was given to me by an old gentleman in Ga. It is pink & blooms in Jan.
    I just purchased a lantana {the orange/red one} name unknown at the present. It also had a pink one in same pot. Thrilled.

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