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    Default Camelias are flowering

    Camelias are flowering-dscf0060.jpg Camelias are flowering-dscf0058.jpg My Camelias are flowering and thought I would share the piccy with you. If anybody would like to post their spring flowers - or anything else - I would love to see them. Just love a good nosey in other peoples gardens.

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    They're lovely Alice! I got a Camelia free with a recent order and didn't know what to do with it as I didn't know what they looked like or how big they grew. I've stupidly planted it in the ground in a very open spot...I think I should now move it into a pot.

    Do they 'climb' - can you train them up a support?

    I'd be keen to know as then I could build something to support it. Also are they evergreen? I hope so.

    Also - do they need any special treatment - pruning? feeding?
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    Hello Eskymo, congtrats on getting a free gift of a Camelia. You can grow in a pot while they're young but they do get big. Can get very big but you can prune to any size you want. They are evergreen and like the same conditions as rhododendrons - acid soil, so add peat. Basically
    plant in acid soil - with peat
    they flower early so give a bit of shelter from frost - against a south wall or fence
    they don't need support
    you can prune to any size you like after flowering
    helps flowering if you water in dry spells in summer as this is when the buds are formed
    otherwise self caring and quite spectacular at this time
    Good luck.

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    what if i don't use peat?

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    Eskymo, as I understand it there are environmentally sound ways to recover peat for gardeners to use. I seem to remember Andrewo or Nick posting about it. I'll have to go and look on google for information.
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    Found this information if it is any help?
    environmentally sound peat. The peat is a by-product of the water industry. Streams that run across moor land can be filtered and peat extracted from the run off .
    Some streams feed water to the population via a water treatment works. This water supply needs filtering at a first level in settlment tanks before they can process it. Vast amounts of peat and other debris that would clog up the system is removed each year. Previously it was sent to land fill sites but now it is recycled and sold on.
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    I didn't know that...is there any other way of making the soil acidic?

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    Watering with rain water gives the correct soil for blueberries and rhododendrons so that should work for camelias as well.
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    Our camellia is flowering beautifully now as well. It was languishing in the 'reduced for quick sale' section at a B&Q store years ago when we rescued it, just labelled 'red camellia' & it has flowered every year since.
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