Camellia 'Volunteer' - Hardy plant

Camellia japonica 'Volunteer'

Camellia 'Volunteer' - Hardy plant

Camellia japonica 'Volunteer'
Enchantingly beautiful Japanese rose
The Camellia ‘Volunteer’ looks like it was plucked straight from the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. It is a lovely green shrub with large, robust pink flowers, which boast stylish, curled white edges. The flowers bloom in the early spring, sometimes even in February. Unlike the fairy tale, the Volunteer doesn’t have any thorns, so you won’t prick your finger and fall asleep for 100 years.

Camellias are native to Japan and bloom between February and May. They often have a wonderful fragrance and are also evergreen plants. These plants do not grow large, which makes them exceptionally well suited to urban gardens, rock gardens, and borders or perfect additions to your patio or balcony.
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Camellia  'Volunteer' - Hardy plant
Camellia  'Volunteer' - Hardy plant
Latin name: Camellia japonica 'Volunteer'
Delivery type: Supplied as container plant
Guarantee: 6 months growth and flowering guarantee
Color: Pink
Preferred location: Sun, Half shadow
Green stayer: Yes
Leafs all year: Yes
Hardy plants: Yes
Self polinating: No
Edible: No
Naturalizing: No
Scented: Not Scented
Grafted: No
Cutting flowers: No
Flowering: February - May
Growing Height: 150 - 175 cm
Planting distance: 100 - 120 cm

What do I need?

  • Pruning shears
  • Garden peat, compost and potassium-enriched fertiliser, if possible
Water the Camellia a little when it is very dry, preferably with rainwater (if you have a rainwater basin), because it contains less lime. Once a week is plenty during summer, while once a month is enough during winter.

In March, plant your Camellia in the garden and, if in a pot, sprinkle a layer of compost or soil from the garden around the plant.

Halfway through the summer you can give the plant some potassium-enriched fertiliser. Water the plant afterwards.

If it is very cold, it’s a good idea to protect the budding branches by covering them with horticultural fleece.

Camellias are not fast growers, so you only need to prune them for aesthetics. In May, you can cut back the branches that don’t look very nice. If the Camellia has grown too large, you can prune it dramatically. After it blooms, cut all the branches back to 50 centimetres off the ground. If you do this the shrub will need a year to recover, but once it has, it will thrive like never before.


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