Questions from a newbie to Camellias.
Hi all. New to Camellias and GardenWeb!
Dug around the net and found nothing, decided to finally ask the more experienced Camellias carers in here from the SF Bay Area, or in general.
Apologies for the number of questions before hand, I had these bouncing around in my head for days...
1. When is Camellia Japonica "buying season". Or more precisely, when do the nurseries + bigbox stores start carrying more varieties? I am guessing Fall? Total guess based on stores doing better selling flowerings plants. I was able to recently pick up a Kramer's Supreme and a Nuccio's Pearl from Home Depot but they looked like they had been around for a while judging from the amount of root showing from the soil being blown off by the Home Depot hoses.
2. When exactly should I feed the plants? I picked up a box of EB Stone ACR plant food and was surprised to see that I was to only feed the plants 3 times a year? Sorry - I was brought up on Miracle Gro.
3. Is Cottonseed Meal as wonderful as it sounds? Seems like I can mix in alot of it into the planting/potting mix and it could only make things wonderful. Also, where are you guys buying this stuff? I can't seem to find it anywhere locally.
4. I am planning on potting 1-gal plants I already have in my shaded atrium to grow them a little "hardier" in preparation for eventual ground planting. I am also creating shade in my yard but its going to take 2-3 years, I am taking my time. Wondering what you guys use for a potting mix. I was thinking about throwing 100% EB Stone ACR Planting Mix in with them, no idea if that is a good idea. Maybe throw a handful of cottonseed meal in? No idea.