Camellia sasanqua Sazanka (Christmas camellia)
ORIGIN AND SPREAD:
China and KoreaCHARACTERISTICS:
strong-growing evergreen, medium-sized, very thick, brilliant dark-green leaves, smooth, light grey trunk; appreciated worldwide for its autumnal flowering lasting until the end of winter.CARE:
as an acid-loving plant requires a rich, well-drained, acid pH soil; grows well in full sun and in light shade alike; use a slow release fertilizer enriched with iron and microelements; one large spectrum insecticide treatment is advised in spring against aphids and cochineal as well as a cupric treatment against fungal diseases in winter.PRUNING:
in late spring, when the new vegetation is well established; take care to remove the apical shoots more frequently during the summer; light pruning in autumn, paying attention not to eliminate too many buds in order not to jeopardize the flowering.