Anyone see last week's Star-Ledger article on the camellias?

birdgardner(NJ/ 6b)February 21, 2006

What temptations. I don't really HAVE a space where they'd fit in well and I am trying not to buy a plant unless it belongs in a plan - but wouldn't it be wonderful to pick flowers for Christmas?

"Winter's Rose" was gorgeous and then I think, well I would like a white as well, and maybe a deeper pink, and perhaps a variety of blossom forms...

Lisa

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Loretta NJ Z6

Looks like you need a plan!

    Bookmark   February 25, 2006 at 2:09PM
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tgw318

Wow! Can you have camelias up here. That would be heaven for a southern transplant like myself. Thought they would freeze too easily (?)

    Bookmark   March 3, 2006 at 2:15PM
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Birdsong72(7/Northshore NJ)

Saw it and saved it. Well I ran it to a friend of mine who's an L.A.

While it may be a "push" in planting some of these, it may be worth a try, though a harsh winter will more than likely 'do them in' even if they're in the most favored and protected spot in your garden.

Noting ventured, nothing gained.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2006 at 2:58PM
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birdgardner(NJ/ 6b)

tgw, there are some hardy ones - a 'Winter' series which blooms late fall, and an 'April' series which blooms in spring - both hardy to z6 but the April ones could have their buds frozen off.

Up north they're supposed to be put near the house and protected from winter sun.

Welcome to NJ.

Lisa

    Bookmark   March 4, 2006 at 1:15AM
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vickster257(Z7aNJ)

Would love to try one camellia, Lisa, but the only shady area is to the back of yard close to a fence. We have a good deal of sun, so limited. Has anyone been to Fairweather Gardens; to my knowledge, they sell many winter camellias? If you have, were you happy with their varieties and do they grow well in NJ?

    Bookmark   March 6, 2006 at 1:29PM
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Loretta NJ Z6

A lot of people on this forum got their camillias there. They have a lot of the hardy types and they are a decent size. It varies. This year, they are offering a lot of tubes at reduced prices. They seem to have gone mainstream though. You will see some at the nurseries now for about the same price as Fairweather. However, Fairweather carries a lot of choices.
Since you are in zone 7, I wouldn't hesitate to try it.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2006 at 8:52AM
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pontesmanny(z6/7 S NJ)

I have 9 camellias and will add 4 more this Spring. All but one are doing really well. The early Spring bloomers can start as early as Dec and the Fall bloomers may continue until Dec. Normally however they are unlikely to flower much between mid Dec and mid March. Their foliage is the best of any broadleaf evergreens (in my opinion).

pontesmanny

    Bookmark   March 7, 2006 at 10:26PM
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steve_nj(7-a)

I have about 25 varieties outdoors, with varying results. I normally get some good flowering October-November and April-May. Camellia oleifera is a fall bloomer hardy to 6-a at least.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2006 at 11:10PM
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