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Flower Feature: Camellias
Flower Feature: Camellias

At SB Greenhouses, we truly love home gardening. Having a beautiful backyard greenhouse made from clear California Redwood or sturdy aluminum is a wonderful opportunity to grow some of the most beautiful, delicate plants, vegetables, and flowers in the world. Lately, we’ve been loving growing camellias in our greenhouses. These beautiful, delicate flowers make a perfect addition to any greenhouse crop, and the fact that they flourish in the American South makes them ideal for growing in a greenhouse.

Why Camellias?

Camellias are beautiful flowering plants that grow perfectly in pots and containers, making them ideal for a greenhouse. They thrive in a warm, humid, and partially shaded location, which also makes them well adapted to life in a greenhouse. Plus, there are some 3,000 varieties of camellia – so no matter what your color preference, you can find a species that will grow beautiful flowers you can enjoy every day in your home.

Growing & Caring for Camellias

While selective breeding has now produced new, cold-hardy varieties of camellias, non-hardy camellias favor a moderate climate and are well-suited to growing in a greenhouse. Camellias prefer shade, so we’d recommend planting them in a greenhouse with a polycarbonate roof, providing them with a shade structure, or keeping them underneath a taller plant that can shade them. When planting in containers, you’ll want to ensure your pot has a generous draining hole, and your potting mix should be more than 50% organic material. You’ll want to use a generous amount of mulch to protect the fragile root system of young camellias and keep them well-watered.

The most common problems when growing camellias are sunburn, pests, and mold. Sunburn will show up as scorched or yellow areas at the center of leaves, and if you find these, you’ll want to add more shade to protect the plant. Tea scale, a tiny pest that looks like brown or white specks on the undersides of leaves, is also common, which you can treat with horticultural oil. If your flowers start turning brown suddenly and dropping, it’s likely Camellia petal blight. Remove any infected flowers immediately, then get rid of all the mulch and replace it with 4 to 5 inches of fresh mulch.

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Camellias are beautiful flowers perfectly suited to greenhouse gardening, and if you’d like to try your hand at growing these yourself, we’re always here for you as a resource. Feel free to call us at 800.544.5276 with any questions on greenhouse or home gardening in general, or if you’d like to find out more about our DIY backyard greenhouses, you can request your free copy of our product catalog online. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we hope you’ll be cutting a gorgeous crop of fresh camellias some days soon!


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