Camellia japonica 'Volunteer' (PBR)
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- 1.5 litre pot
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- Position: partial shade (but not east-facing)
- Soil: moist but well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil (or ericaceous compost for container-grown specimens)
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: January to March
- Hardiness: fully hardy
The large flowers of this exquisite camellia open from bud in mid- to late winter. Initially a soft pink with a lighter edge, the flowers look as though they have been dusted with icing sugar. As they age, the flower colour deepens, but the petal tips remain light, so the two-tone effect becomes more prominent. This recently introduced cultivar is relatively compact, so if you are prepared to keep it well watered, then it is possible to keep it in a large pot on the patio.
Garden care: To prevent damage to the emerging buds and flowers protect from cold, dry winds and early morning sun. Water established plants in dry weather to prevent bud drop. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser in mid-spring and again in June. Top-dress annually with shredded bark or well-rotted leaf mould. After flowering lightly trim or prune any branches that spoil the appearance of the plant.