2-3 Litre Pot
- RHS Award of Garden Merit
- Position: Full-Partial shade
- Soil: Acid-Neutral, well drained
- Growth Rate: Slow
- Flowering Period: Winter – Spring
- Hardiness: H5
- Eventual Height: 2.5 – 4m
- Eventual Spread: 2.5 – 4m
The Camellia Margaret Davis, holder of the RHS Award of Garden Merit is a beautiful and highly sought-after cultivar of the Camellia plant. It is known for its stunning large, formal double blooms in a soft pink colour. This particular variety is known for its long blooming period, typically starting in late Winter and continuing into early Spring, making it a popular choice for gardeners looking to add colour and interest to their landscape during the colder months.
This variety of Camellia is easy to care for, and can be grown in a variety of soil types as long as they are well-draining. It prefers partial to full shade, and can tolerate some frost, making it a great option for gardeners in colder climates. When planting, it is important to give it enough room to grow, as it can reach heights and widths of up to 4 metres. Proper pruning and shaping can help control the size and shape of the plant.
In addition to its ornamental value, the Camellia Margaret Davis is also a great option for gardeners looking to attract wildlife to their gardens. The plant is a favourite of bees and other pollinators, and its seeds are a food source for birds and other small animals.
How to care for your Camellia Margaret Davis
- Planting Location: Choose a planting site that provides filtered sunlight or partial shade. Prefers protection from the intense afternoon sun, especially in warmer climates.
- Soil: Plant in well-draining, acidic soil. Amending the soil with organic matter like peat moss or compost can help improve drainage and acidity levels.
- Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water deeply whenever the top inch of soil feels dry, particularly during the growing season. Reduce watering during the Winter months when the plant is dormant.
- Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch, such as pine straw or bark, around the base of the plant. Mulching helps retain moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weed growth.
- Fertilisation: Feed with a balanced, slow-release, acid-forming fertiliser in early Spring, right after the blooms have finished. Avoid excessive nitrogen, which can lead to excessive foliage growth at the expense of flower production.
- Pruning: Prune to maintain its shape and remove dead or diseased branches. Pruning is best done after flowering. Avoid heavy pruning, as Camellias form flower buds in the previous year. Excessive pruning can reduce next year’s blooms.
Observing your Camellia Margaret Davis regularly and adapting your care routine as needed will help keep the plant healthy and thriving. With proper care, you can enjoy the stunning beauty of its peony-like blooms for many years to come.