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Care of the plant Camellia sasanqua or Sasanqua camellia.

Care of the shrub Camellia sasanqua or Sasanqua camellia

The genus Camellia, a family Theaceae, includes 200 species of shrubs and trees native to Japan, China, and Southeast Asia. Some species are: Camellia sasanqua, Camellia japonica, Camellia sinensis, Camellia vietnamensis, Camellia taliensis, Camellia oleifera.

Common name: Sasanqua camellia. This species is native to China and Japan.

They are evergreen shrubs that reach 4 meters (13.12 feet) in height. They have aromatic, oval, lustrous and leathery leaves. Its fragrant and showy flowers do not last long but they appear in great quantity; They can be red, white, pink, or various colors. They bloom in fall and winter.

They are used to form hedges, bushy groups, as isolated specimens or in pots for terraces and patios.

Camellia sasanqua needs a semi-shade exposure, always avoiding direct sun in the central hours of the day. They resist frost down to -10 ºC (14 ºF).

The soil must be well drained, light and contain organic matter.

Water abundantly with lime-free water in summer but without puddling, preventing the soil from drying out completely. Reduce irrigation in autumn and winter. In areas with very hot summers it is advisable to spray the leaves at sunset (always with water without lime).

Fertilize in spring or early summer with compost or manure.

Prune dry branches and wilted flowers after the flowering period.

They do not usually have pest problems but they do have fungal diseases due to excessive watering.

It's recommended to buy the new specimens since their propagation is a slow process that can take several years until the new plants bloom.

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Camellia sasanqua
Camellia sasanqua
Camellia sasanqua