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Offline Rena

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Camellias
« on: July 24, 2015, 16:13:39 PM »
My old old camellia has been a wonderful sight

And what a delightful mulch it makes!

This tiny one is Cinnamon Cindy - one of my all time favourites

And fully open

Dont know this one's name - but love her shape
« Last Edit: July 25, 2015, 18:19:23 PM by Rena »
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Re: Camellias
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2015, 15:08:34 PM »
I've never come across Cinnamon Cindy before. It is beautiful! Does the plant grow to the same height as the common one?

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Re: Camellias
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2015, 18:25:09 PM »
Hi Aletta

Glad to see someone is still around....!

CC is in a big pot and is about the same size as the other sasanqua camellias in pots  and seems to be growing at more or less the same rate.
I started off loving the big flashy flowers of the other camellias but just love the daintiness of this one.
I've never come across it anywhere else......I bought it from the old Toos v d Berg nursery when it was still in Durbanville behind the Checkers centre.
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Re: Camellias
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2015, 21:48:33 PM »
Very pretty.

Thanks for sharing! I 'had' to bring one to my mom when we moved to Upington area...I thought I condemned the poor thing to a slow and tortured desert death, but I noticed that it is full of buds nearly a year later. (It is on the southern side of the house and shielded from most of the sun thought!)

But it just goes to show!

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Re: Camellias
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2015, 10:09:13 AM »
Love the nameless one ... it is absolutely gorgeous. :)

Mine did not get a prune and resultantly my path is covered with blooms and needs to be swept several times a day especially if it is raining.  :(


This double is one of my favourites

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Re: Camellias
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2015, 11:45:52 AM »
Nameless is  on her last few blooms now but makes such a show

Another nameless one that tickles me

I can identify with the ground full of beautiful camellia blooms - looking spectacular - but oh-so-slippery - I have to use my blower a couple of times a day to blow all the blooms into the flower beds for mulch or risk slipping and breaking my wrist again.......
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Re: Camellias
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2015, 11:14:25 AM »
Does Cinnamon Cindy make seed? Would be interested.

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« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2015, 19:33:16 PM »
I haven't actually noticed seed before - but must admit that I wasn't interested in growing any camellia seed as it seems such a loooong process - but when a big seed from my old camellia dropped onto the patio table in front of me last year it seemed liked it wanted me to plant it ;D so I did and it germinated nicely!  SO, I'll keep a look out on cinnamon cindy for you.
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Re: Camellias
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2015, 22:19:32 PM »
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Camelias grow well from cuttings ... then you get an identical plant

From seeds you possibly do not get an identical plant as bees are very busy cross polinating. My last single red produced a double ... which I was most pleased about

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Re: Camellias
« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2015, 23:07:34 PM »
Any special tips for cuttings, Abby? 
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Re: Camellias
« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2016, 13:12:33 PM »
Sorry about the tardy reply but I just found it :o

I like to do my camelia cuttings in late spring ....Make an angled cut on the stem or branch and dip it into rooting hormone and place Into a  clean pot with propagation mix (1 part perlite  to 1 part peat moss.

Write the name of the plant on a label and stick it in the pot.
Water gently and cover pot with a plastic bag .
Use an old coathanger over the pot to form an arch to keep the plastic bag from collapsing.
You can use an old soft drink bottle with the bottom cut out of it and simply place it over the pot.

Stand pot in a shady spot that gets good filtered light but no direct sun.
Check periodically to see if more water is needed and spray water onto the cuttings.
Propagating mix should not dry out or the cuttings will die.
Plants will have begun to form roots after about eight to 12 weeks.

Alternatively you can layer them if you have a low branch.
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Re: Camellias
« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2016, 10:23:19 AM »
Thanks Abby - I'm going to give it a try in spring.
With this heat we've been having I had my first camellia flower (only one though!) open on valentine's day ;D
The others are still only buds.  I've struggled to keep them watered with our harsh water restrictions so hope they will reward me with lots of flowers - or even just a few flowers will also do when I think of all the gardens that are suffering more than ours with even more restrictions.
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Re: Camellias
« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2016, 06:40:05 AM »
Good for you getting one to bloom on Valentine's day  :) ...
Mine are in bud but a long way from bloom ... wish they would hurry up as they need a prune urgently ... difficult to walk past but I would sure hate to miss out on the blooms  ??? it is a dillema
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