White camellia

White camellia

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The white camellia and its meanings

Camellia is a plant native to eastern countries, especially in China, Japan and Korea. One of the over sixty natural varieties that exist, not counting the hybrids that have been created over time, is the Camellia sinensis, from which the leaves of tea are obtained. In Europe the plant came in the 1700s, and in a short time it succeeded in gaining a place of honor in the most important gardens of the time, such as that of the palace of Caserta and of the Malmaison. Today in Italy you can admire two parks in which countless varieties are kept: on Lake Maggiore, in the park of Villa Taranto and on the Isola Madre. The camellia can have many colors, but the white one, specifically, takes on the meaning of gratitude and admiration for the person to whom it is given.

In addition to the great beauty of white camellia flowers, a good reason to choose to plant it at home or in the garden is that it does not require much care, nor is it too delicate. If you think of putting it on the ground, in a flowerbed of your own green space, good soil drainage should be ensured, as camellias fear water stagnation. The soil must have mainly acidic characteristics, and be rich in humus, but without limestone. Camellias love the cold rather than the heat, so you will have to choose a bright corner for them but not exposed to direct sunlight. The ideal would be a cool and shady place, but not crossed by drafts. In winter you need to worry only if the temperatures drop too much: in this case, it will be good to protect the plants by covering them with sheets.White camellia: How to grow the potted plant

But white camellia is a plant that thrives very well even in pots: in this case, it is recommended to use terracotta or brown plastic pots. Better to discard instead those in black plastic, because it would overheat the roots too much. Also in this case the indications already given about the soil, which must be draining and acid based, and the location, which must be in a shady but bright place, apply. As for the repotting frequency, so that the roots can be comfortable growing freely, the pot should be changed at least once every one, at most two years. Generally it does not need significant pruning, nor to be fertilized, if the soil is rich in nitrogen and potassium. It should be watered regularly because it fears drought, and mulching is a good practice, ie covering the surface layer of the soil with bits of tree bark.


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