Camellia Glen – Open again – 3, 4 and 24, 25 September 2021

Camellias – need some?

Opening times – because people are asking – after a little break – we will open again Friday 3 and Saturday 4 September and Friday 24 and Saturday 25 September 2021.
8.00 to 3.00 – as usual.
No eftpos and byo carry bags.
Lots of camellias still available – we are out of some. 140mm pots – $14.
Need some help? Ask….

Not many camellias to see in the garden – most are just about done – which is pretty normal for us here. Retics will still have some flower and many vireyas are in flower.

Closed Friday 13 August – Open Saturday 14 August 2021

Unfortunately, due to other commitments, we will not be open tomorrow Friday 13 August as planned. Apologies for the inconvenience – however we will be open Saturday 14th – 8.00 to 3.00.

We have lots of camellias – sasanquas, japonicas, hybrids and a rapidly reducing number of species and retics. Sasanquas are finished flowering and many of the japonicas are past their best. But the retics are in full flower.

Come visit – walk the garden – check out still one of the largest ranges of camellias around. We are happy to help with your selections – just ask.

It will be a good day. COVID rules will apply.

Open days COVID cancelled

Our planned open days this Friday and Saturday 6 and 7 August 2021 we regret won’t happen. We have made this decision in light of the COVID lockdown and travel restrictions.
When lockdown ends and travel limits are lifted, we will reopen. Our next planned day is Saturday 14 August. Other times, please contact us on 54450333 to arrange a time to visit.
We still have lots of camellias available – all in 140mm pots – all $14, retics and species $18. No eftpos and please byo carry bags.
Lots of sasanquas for hedging or for a garden specimen – or 2 or 10 or more. Sasanquas are sun hardy.
Japonicas and reticulatas and hybrids always prefer shade to perform at their best in our subtropical climate.
We are happy to help you with your selection process.
Stay home – stay safe…

Camellias sale – Garden to wander

Just a reminder that we will be open this Friday 25 and Saturday 26 June 2021 – 8.00 to 3.00.

Wander the garden – lots of camellias in flower – we have over 400 in our garden – and some rhododendron and magnolia and others.

Lots of camellias available for sale – sasanquas, japonicas, hybrids and a small number of Reticulata and species. These are all in 140mm pots – $13. No eftpos. Please Byo carry bags.

We do have over 150 different varieties available. Probably one of the largest selection of camellias anywhere….

Camellia Glen – open Friday 4 and Saturday 5 June – 2021. Picking camellias….

Camellia Glen will be open again this Friday 4 June and Saturday 5 June 2021 – 8.00 to 3.00. We have lots of camellias in flower in the garden and a substantial range of sasanquas, japonicas, hybrids, a few reticulatas and species for sale. No eftpos and please byo carry bags. You are welcome to walk the garden and checkout plants in the nursery.

It is interesting to note the process some folk take in selecting a camellia. Many who are wanting hedges or screens or have a full sun/part shade spot know to select from the many sasanquas ideally suited to this – these are full sun hardy and take to being pruned very well. They also have a fabulous show of flowers in autumn and early winter. See Russhay below one of the many flowering now.

But it is the japonicas where many get caught up with a beautiful single bloom – and just want it. Nothing wrong with that when the right spot is selected for planting. At the risk of being repetitive, here in SE Queensland, we always recommend at least part shade for camellia japonica to flower at their best – because many flowers will sunburn in our ‘hot’ winter sun and flowers will damage and fall prematurely.

Reticulata – sasanqua hybrids – Flower Girl, Dream Girl and Show Girl are among the best garden plants – in our opinion. Large flowers in profusion, full sun hardy and the best display when in bloom. See photos below.

Some japonicas might not be the most spectacular as individual flowers – see Wildfire below – a great semidouble red with a column of yellow stamen – but the bush in full flower is stunning. Cara Mia is another example where folk bypass the individual flower but are stopped by the bush in flower. Pics below. Add Polar Bear – a chalky white semi double Australian variety which is always a winner as a bush in flower – in any garden. It is also a great individual bloom.

There are many varieties that make excellent garden specimens – San Dimas, Grand Slam and Grand Slam Variegated, Susie Fortson, Pink Gold, Emperor of Russia and Variegated, Grand Marshall……. Really too many to mention. But consider the plant when making your selection – look at the growth habit and the show the plant puts on in the garden – not just the single flower in a display.

Of course, single flowers are also important for ‘showing’ blooms – whether in Camellia competitions, the local show, garden club or just for a float bowl for yourself. And in these cases, the more the merrier.

Talk to us about your needs – we are happy to show you plants in our garden – which might make your selection process easier. It might not too – but it will be fun!

Camellias for sale – this Friday and Saturday

Looking for camellias for your garden? Single specimen plants, a few for a garden, a hedge or screen, we have sasanquas for sun, japonicas for shady spots, hybrids, some species and a few reticulatas.

Camellia Glen garden and nursery will be open again tomorrow and Saturday.

All plants are available in 140mm pots and about 20 months old – some 30cm and some 90cm tall – depending on growth habit of the particular variety.

Still probably the most extensive range of camellias you will find – come visit this Friday 28 and Saturday 29 May 2021 – 8.00 to 3.00.

Walk the garden and see some of the 300 camellias in flower. Lots available for sale. No eftpos and please byo carry bags.
52 McKays Lane Palmwoods or call 54450333

‘Open Days’ at Camellia Glen 2021

So at around this time of the year, folks start asking ‘when are you going to be open to the public again – we want some camellias?’

Whereas we are open by arrangement at other times, here are the dates that we are scheduling to be available to the public. The garden will be open for folk to wander, and we will do our best to have all the camellias in the garden labeled. We have about 400 camellias in the garden and the sasanquas have started to flower already and will continue for a few months to about June, and by then the japonicas and hybrids will be flowering as well. These continue until about September by which time the weather has warmed up so that the camellia flowers start to suffer in the heat. The reticulatas are always the last to flower. And then there are plants available for purchase – to add to your garden. This season we have about 150 different varieties. Most of our camellias are in 140mm pots only with a few 200mm pot sizes.

We will be open 8.00am to 3.00pm on these days. The schedule is open to change as circumstances dictate. So here is the plan.

Friday 16 and Saturday 17 April 2021

Friday 23 and Saturday 24 April

Friday 30 April and Saturday 1 May

Friday 7 and Saturday 8 May – open

Friday 14 and Saturday 15 May CLOSED – see us at Pine Rivers Plant Fair Saturday and Sunday 15 and 16 May 2021

Saturday 22 May

Friday 4 and Saturday 5 June

Friday 11 and Saturday 12 June

Maleny Gardening on the Edge is cancelled – scheduled for this weekend – 12 and 13 June

Friday 25 and Saturday 26 June

Sunday 3 July 2021 – see us at the Queensland Camellia Society Show and Sale – MtCoottha Botanical Gardens Auditorium – opens 9.00 to 3.00

Friday 9 and Saturday 10 July

Friday 16 and Saturday 17 July

Friday 23 and Saturday 24 July

Friday 6 and Saturday 7 August

Friday 13 and Saturday 14 August

There may be more – to be confirmed – but we are still open by arrangement at other times. Please call us to arrange a date and time. 54450333. Come and see us …..

Camellias 2021 – buying, planting and care

Autumn and winter are the best time for planting. This allows the plants to establish before the rigors of our hot spring and summer.

This week’s rain – 116mm for 2021 – on top of early summer rain – 260mm in December – has been great for both the garden and the nursery plants. Rain is just the best for bringing on new growth at this time of the year.
The nursery is packed with 18 month old camellias – sasanquas, japonicas, hybrids, selected species and baby reticulatas – with growth from 30 to 90cm depending on the particular variety. Lots of different varieties/cultivars.
Sasanquas will be the first to flower – even these young plants are budding up – starting in a couple of months – around April. Japonicas flower later – from around June.
Sasanquas make for wonderful hedges and screen as well as individual plantings – evergreen, full sun hardy, and can be pruned to shape and size. Japonicas and species and hybrids prefer part shade/filtered light to flower at their best as the flowers get sunburn in our autumn and winter sun – here in SE Queensland. These bring great colour to any garden in autumn and winter.
Any camellia flower showing stamen will attract both birds and bees – they love them. Even the seeds provide a feast for rosellas and king parrots.

Look out for aphids in new growth – hose them off or use an insecticide – organic or otherwise – according to your needs.
Watering does not seem an issue for us at this time of the season, but newly planted camellias will need hand watering until established and again when we get the hot and the dry.
Remember, camellias need a well drained soil (they don’t take to ‘wet feet’ especially japonicas) and soil on the acid side of neutral – 6.5 to below 7 seems to work well. Add well rotted compost and manures – not chicken manure or mushroom compost as these can be alkaline – to the planting area.
For any new planting, always water in and mulch. Mulching keeps moisture in, insulate the soil and suppresses weeds.

We plan to have open days again this season from around April – see our website for details – and maybe we will be able to have some garden shows this year – COVID restrictions permitting.

Happy gardening.

Still wanting camellias? Call us first – we can be available by arrangement! Camellia Glen.

Spring is here – almost summer weather – it’s hot and dry – pretty normal.

Our camellias are all full of new growth – a great time of the year but a tricky time as new foliage on the camellias is very delicate and prone to breaking off if not handled carefully.

We are not open to the public as a general thing at this time of the year – but we can be available by arrangement – and often are – whether you want one special camellia or a dozen or 100. We just ask that you call first – 54450333 – to confirm a mutually convenient time. We are at the end of the season so we might not have every variety – but we still have lots.

Around the garden, if you want to prune your camellias, last month was the time to do it – before the new growth starts. But now is better than not at all. A judicious prune refreshes established plants and keeps them to the size and shape you want. After pruning, give a fertilise using your preferred product, mulch, mulch, mulch and water. Keep an eye out for little insects like aphids in new growth – wipe them off, hose them off or use a systemic insecticide. Aphids can distort new growth, loopers and caterpillars can chew through new growth shoots. This can be an issue in newly planted small plants.

And the oft asked question – when is the best time to plant camellias? – we suggest late autumn and into winter, when the camellias are dormant ie not into active growth. This allows the roots to get established and the foliage acclimatized before the onset of our hot and often dry spring and summer. But many folk are still buying and planting camellias now – just make sure the soil is well prepared, organic material added, don’t plant deep, mulch and water in. Water daily until established.

Remember, sasanquas make the best hedges and screens and can handle the full sun – they also perform well in semi shade. In our SE Queensland climates, we recommend at least part shade for all japonicas and hybrids and reticulatas for them to grow and flower at their best. It is the sun on the dew on the flowers in the morning that does the most damage to camellia japonica flowers – so give them some shade.

Happy gardening.

How to take camellia cuttings

We are often asked how we grow our camellias. We say we take cuttings and we have had the response – so you just cut a bit off and stick it in a pot?! Well – the answer is yes – but we are a little more particular than that. So here is our basic process – for anyone interested.

We are located on the Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland. Timings will be different for different locations.

Camellia Cuttings – We start around mid December – early summer. Places south of here would be a little later as our growth starts earlier. Exactly when is when the wood is right – the new growth needs to harden off from green to light tan. Too early (too green) and the cutting collapses. Too old and the cutting is less likely to put out roots. We take some species cuttings at different times as they put on growth differently eg we do sinensis in September. The cutting piece is usually about 3 to 4 inches (8-10cm). Depends on variety – some like Sophie Ducker or Quintessence, the cuttings is about 1inch. Expose the cambium layer by slicing down the lower 10 to 15mm of the cutting stem. We use purple Clonex gel (for semi hardwood cuttings). Some varieties strike so easily that hormone is not necessary – but why take that risk! Dip the lower part (10 – 15mm) of the cutting in and then we like to let them rest for a minute or 2 for it to stick (based on no scientific evidence but it seems like a good idea and suits our process when doing multiples of the same variety). Stick your cutting in your watered, prepared medium to a depth of about 2cm – again depends on the length of the cutting – but certainly past the cut cambium part.

The mix – Sand and peat was always the rule – one which we have never followed. It seems too heavy. We use a mix of 3 parts our normal potting mix (85% pine bark fines and 15% sand) and one part one of absorbalite (diatomaceous earth), vermiculite, perlite (we have used all 3 at different times depending on availability with no visible difference with success). Use a small pot or 40mm tube for single cuttings, water until wet (let it drain), pre poke a small hole for the cutting (this is supposed to not wipe off the hormone but the gel sticks and so this is not so much an issue as with powder – which we have never used) – but the holes help when putting in multiple cuttings. We mostly use a ‘community pot’ ( a squat 7 inch pot) and use a jig to put 25 holes in at once – 25 cuttings per pot of the same variety.

Water in. Label – variety, date, source of material. You never remember otherwise. We use a purpose built propagation house with an automated misting system – mist comes on for about 15 seconds every 10 or 15 minutes (depending on the weather, time of year and stage of the cuttings. But you probably don’t have one of these handy. So use a plastic ‘soft drink’ bottle, cut off the bottom, leave the screw lid on, and place over the cutting/s. It’s good if the bottle base is inside the pot. This makes a mini greenhouse. A plastic bag held up with wire or sticks works too. Place in a shaded position. Inspect regularly for moisture (you can water small pots from the bottom by immersing them) – and moisture condensation inside the bottle is a good indicator.

We have never used bottom heat. Our success rate would indicate that we don’t need it. Maybe it would help with more difficult varieties. As I understand it, the wisdom is that the temperature of growing medium (pot) should be higher than the ambient temp for best root promotion – and the only way to get this is bottom heat. I think that as long as the medium is a high enough temperature (which we have in summer), then striking follows without additional bottom heat.

December/Jan cuttings will have roots usually after about April (12 weeks). We leave ours much longer and feed with a weak liquid feed and Seasol. We like the roots to be pretty well developed before potting up – which we do over September and October. We use this timeframe because we are busy with other functions (sales, shows) earlier and also we don’t have the space to put down the potted up cuttings.

We pot straight into a 140mm pots. We use 8gm – a teaspoon – of a 12 month CRF (Controlled release fertiliser) per pot. Mix the fertiliser through the mix – the camellia roots will avoid a blob of fertiliser whereas a weed or thistle will engulf the lot. New growth will start Sept/Oct/Nov depending on variety/species (Japs will always start new growth before sasanquas) irrespective of when the cuttings are potted up.We expect 95% strike rate for most varieties. Some we get 10% – or something in between (retics, Mark Alan Var we have high failure rates) which is why commercial growers drop some varieties from their list – the failure rate makes it unviable commercially.

This process has worked for us well for 20 years – some is very low tech compared to what others may use but it suits us and is easily adapted for general use by anyone.