Highly Variable Sunlight

kimnc7December 3, 2007

Hello! I just planted my first Camellias (I am new to gardening this year, so everything is a first, really) and I have a question about extreme variations in sunlight. I planted an "April Tryst" on a fairly well-protected spot on the north side of my property. The spot receives full sun during the height of the summer (about 3-4 months - it will be protected a bit from afternoon sun by an adjoining shrub), mixed sun and shade for another 6 months during the spring and fall, and fairly solid shade in depth of winter 2-3 months (a little late-afternoon dappled sun). I am most concerned about the intense winter shade. Is that too much shade or will it get by on the more ample sun it receives other times of the year? Thanks for your help.


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I don't think it will be a problem. The summer sun will help increase flower bud production. It will also help new growth to mature or "harden" as they say. This lessons the odds of winter damage. Winter sun hitting camellia plants when temps are below freezing can do a lot of damage. So plants that receive early morning sun during winter are much more likely to have this problem. Remember to water during mild periods. Winter winds sometimes damage plants with northern exposures. This is especially a problem with plants that need water. Don't fertilize until spring. I have six hardy camellias and I am very happy with them. Good luck.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2007 at 6:26PM
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I grow several Japonicas on the North side of my house. They are in full hot summer sun for 6 months, and in full shade from my house for 6 months. They are extremely healthy and bloom lots. I just make sure they get some water from drip irrigation every day in the summer.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2007 at 9:39PM
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