Friday, 30 June 2017

Plant of the Month - Camellia sasanqua



NAME...
Camellia sasanqua

DESCRIPTION…
Autumn and the start of winter heralds that gorgeous time of year when Camelia sasanqua bursts forth into bloom and shatters into a beautiful carpet of dreamy petals. It is the shatter that matters so don’t sweep them away unless it is absolutely necessary. Colours range from white, through to pale pink and white combos, deep pink and cerise. They can be single or double or anemone form. Sasanqua camellias are much more sun tolerant as they are from Kyushu which is warmer than other parts of Japan. They make a great hedge or espalier specimen.

CARE…
Sasanquas will grow in full sun to part shade. Fertilise in spring with a camellia and azalea food and mulch with compost or well-rotted cow manure. Clip or prune after flowering but not at the end of summer as you will lose your flowers of the next season.

PROBLEMS…
They can be attacked by scale and subsequently sooty mould. Control this with white oil or similar products.

WHERE TO BUY…
Visit your local Bunnings to buy a large specimen for $20.94...










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