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by flwrgrdnmom on March 18, 2006 10:15 PM
I just purchased an "apple blossom" camellia yesterday. It says it blooms Oct-Dec, so that will give my yard a little something extra in the fall, when most other plants are going to sleep. I am wondering, would it be best to plant it in more sun or more shade? I have corner of the house that faces SW, and a corner that is NW... not sure which place to plant it. I've read that it does fine in full sun once established, but it can get quite hot and humid down here (SC) in the summer. Anyone else grow this shrub?
Thanks!
by njoynit on April 02, 2006 01:28 PM
I bought one last fall.it gets mostly sun,but its in an area I water quiet freguently.I'd place NW.Shame ya didn't get to buy it in bloom.Did you know its fragrant??? [shocked] .I did notice the winds will make the petals fall sooner.Mulch it well.it will help retain water& after you've been watering it in good for about a month or two then water deeply once a week.they love being top dressed with cow manure spring& fall.mines about 2 1/2 feet right now.was bought in 3 gallon pot.I didn't know was fragrant till bloomed.smells more on warm day.I wanted another(after learned it smelled!)but were sold out(being 1/2 off you bet they gone!)

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by flwrgrdnmom on April 03, 2006 09:20 AM
Wow, I didn't realize it was fragrant... I just loved the picture on the tag. Great to hear that! Thanks for the help!! It seems to be ok... I've been watering it a good bit and it has about 3" of pinestraw around it. can't wait to see it bloom!!!
by njoynit on April 03, 2006 10:41 AM
I got mine at end of year.Clearance to make room for christmas stuff.They we're blooming when bought near thanksgiving& I did get 4 more blooms.Fragrance was not as noticeable on cool days,but was on warm days.thats how I noticed it.You'll like it.Bet ya can't wait till October now huh.6 long months.lol

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by Bestofour on April 03, 2006 10:57 AM
I'm in NC and mine is in full sun.

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