Hardy Camellia Plant
Hi, IÃ¢ÂÂm hoping you all can help me. I bought a townhouse ten years ago. The previous owner had pulled up all the plants in the small backyard/courtyard, covered the dirt with plastic, and covered the plastic with ornamental white stones.
I simply added potted trees and plants around the periphery of my courtyard. After a couple years, I removed the plastic because several of my tree/plants had grown right through their pots and the plastic (donÃ¢ÂÂt ask me how) into the ground. At that time, I noticed a small plant growing through the plastic as well; it was clearly leftover roots of a plant that had been chopped off and left to die when the yard was covered. My friend, who was helping me garden, thought it was so pretty I should keep it. So I did. Everyone just called it Ã¢ÂÂPamÃ¢ÂÂs plantÃ¢ÂÂ after my friend who saved it from being uprooted as a weed.
The bush continued growing and did make a pretty shrubbery. Now, I donÃ¢ÂÂt water a lot. I try to get low maintenance plants because IÃ¢ÂÂm away on business so much. But last spring, my sister planted a rosebush into the ground near the shrub, so the shrub began getting more water, just because of its location.
Imagine my shock when I noticed two tight buds on it one day late last summer. After nine years! It finally bloomed in autumn (after an interminable amount of time), and the flowers were GORGEOUS. Really drop-dead gorgeous white and pink dense peony-like flowers. Much denser layers of blossoms than most camellia images I've seen, to be frank, which is why it took so long for me to identify the plant.
So, I did some research and now I know the shrub is a camellia plant; I live in Sacramento, the Ã¢ÂÂCamellia City,Ã¢ÂÂ which apparently has a soil that camellias love. In the course of my research, IÃ¢ÂÂve learned that camellias are typically a very fragile plant (!) that need constant watering (again, !).
So, IÃ¢ÂÂve been watering it every day, hoping that I will get more flowers this year. My question is: how many flowers can I expect? How often does it bloom? What should I be doing to help it flower more often and more profusely?
Thank you so much for your time and consideration; I look forward to hearing your advice.