Camellia japonica 'Doctor King’
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Camelia japonica 'Doctor King' has pink flowers, that are wonderful when blooming at the end of Winter and into the start of Spring.
DFG rating: 10/10
RHS pruning group: 8
Leaves: Evergeeen, leathery and ovate.
Flowers: Pink in late Winter.
Soil Ph: Acidic, needs ericaceous feed and compost.
Plant in a sheltered location.
Japanese Camelias have leathery evergreen leaves, that often has quite defined toothed edges to the leaves. It is an easy plant to look after and needs minimal pruning, however it does require an acidic soil. Most soils are lightly acidic but are closer to neutral for the acidic content to be high enough for Camelia to grow vigorously. So it is essential to prepare the flower bed or your pot before planting and to fertilise the plant. You will need Ericaceous fertiliser, once established fertilise as soon as your Camellia is flowering and when ever the green in the leaves fades, particularly if the is yellowing.
Regarding the soil preparation, we suggest the hole for the planting is double the size of the Camellia's root ball, then add quality Ericaceous compost mixed with some soil to the hole. This means the new root will have soft material to grow into that also is nutritious for strong growth.