Camellia hibernate - How to do it right


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Carrying camellias well over the winter is not rocket science. Nevertheless, there are a few important points to keep in mind so that they survive the cold season well.

Camellias can tolerate low temperatures well

So that camellias can bloom again in the next year, you must overwinter the plants properly. But do not worry, there are only a few points to consider.

In general, camellias can tolerate low temperatures well. As an evergreen balcony plant they even need low temperatures so that the flower buds can open in the spring.

Suitable places for wintering

Wintering in the greenhouse:

After the fall, camellias need about 8 weeks as a resting period to prepare for the winter. It is important that you place the plants in a cold and bright place. Frost-free greenhouses are best suited. The winter storage should have a constant temperature between 0 and 10 degrees. The humidity should also be at a constant 60 percent.

Hibernation in the cellar:

If you prefer to hibernate your camellias in the cellar, always make sure that the temperature does not rise above 15 degrees Celsius. Also important is a high humidity. Therefore spray the plants in the cellar regularly with lime-free water. Helpful is also a humidifier. If the humidity falls below 60 percent for a longer period of time, the plants may discard their flower buds. This is a well-known reaction of camellia when temperatures are too warm.

Hibernation in the apartment:

All those who have not found a suitable winter camp may leave their camellias outdoors for as long as possible. The temperature must not fall below 5 degrees Celsius. Then bring the plants into the house as short as possible and then expose them again after the end of the frosty season.

Preparing for the return from the winter camp

During the months of January and February, the camellia is usually in hibernation. Subsequently, the plants reach night temperatures of 6 to 12 degrees Celsius. However, they need a lot of light. A greenhouse is therefore ideally suited to prepare the camellias for the upcoming flowering season. Here they can persist until suspended.

The camellias wintered in the cellar, on the other hand, are only slowly getting used to higher temperatures. It is helpful if you water the plants without creating waterlogging.

Wintering of field camellias

Hardy camellias do not exist. However, temperate climates are also found in our latitudes. Especially on the Rhine ditch, in the coastal region or on the Lower Rhine, camellias can also spend the winter outside. Even in sheltered gardens, these plants survive the cold season. However, you need a few precautions:

Cold Weather:

There must be sufficient protection from the winter sun, otherwise the plants will dry up. You can use them e.g. shade with fleece. But you can also protect your outdoor camellias with fir branches, reed mats, a thick mulch layer or other materials from the winter cold.

Wind protection:

Furthermore, a permanent windbreak must be present, which is represented for example by hedges and fences.

To water:

On frost-free days, the plants should be poured a little to prevent dehydration.

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