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Having studied Logan A.Edgar's book - 'Camellias


the complete guide’ , today I bought a small one in a
container £10. The larger ones £15 were too big for me to move in my Rollator walking aid . Everything grows if treated properly ! It just costs time and money.
I already have the Ericaceous Compost.
A bag of washed lime free Alpine grit to mix some in to improve the drainage.
A large terraced pot £7 to keep it well away from our
oolitic limestone clay soil.
Blood, fish and bone fertiliser to add a little to the compost. Some gravel to put at the bottom of the pot.
A tool to make plenty of drainage holes in it.
A place sheltered from the wind and strong sunlight
by the rain water butt so that it doesnt get watered with tap water which could contain traces of lime.
Everything is right for it now.
I am enjoying a punnet of frozen Blueberries every week from the bushes that I planted in this way. Which proves that if you test your soil and provide exactly the right growing conditions for plants, it will be rewarding.

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I posted a comment but must have forgotten to press send. just wanted to say you deserve to have a really good successful plant after all the care you have taken to get it right. What will you do when it gets too big for the pot?

19 Nov, 2014


Ha ha. Buy a bigger pot and find a strong man to lift it !
No good planting anything special in the ground here.

19 Nov, 2014


Continuing the debate Stera, I knew the Camellia has a shallow root, but have now perused the Great Man's words once more. He gives several diagrams, seems the roots are one quarter the height of the mature plant.

My 13" square planter should be fine, stood against the hut wall, with the shrub pruned off at the back.

I have seen them, from a coach window, in Sussex growing against cottage walls like this.
Decided now to only have one to give it maximum spreading space.
Fetched 2 bags of Beech leaves yesterday to put into a wire netting cage alongside the plant for mulching in the hot weather.
The rain water butt is on the other side.
Now be happy in your new home, grow well, and make me lots of lovely flowers in the spring months.

20 Nov, 2014


Me again. Ladies who garden alone and hate asking relatives to journey to the homestead after work with a £60 drill kit to
make drainage holes in a strong plastic planter, may like
to know I bought a £7 electric screwdriver from Argos.

This would not drill a hole in this plastic. So I tried the
old bottle opener/tin opener from camping days, it started the hole easily, then I put a screw in it, fixed the screwdriver on it and pushed it easily through the plastic. Then extracted the screw easily with an ordinary screwdriver.
Job done !

20 Nov, 2014

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