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How to Grow Camellias from SeedBy: Julie Day
The camellias outside my office building are blooming and dropping what looks like seeds from a bowl-shaped pod. Can I grow the seeds? -Susan
Those indeed are seeds, and you can grow them! Camellias grow very slowly and can take years to bloom, so growing from seed is an exercise in patience.
Here are some tips on how to grow camellias from seed:
- Allow to Grow: Camellia seedlings can take 5-7 years to bloom, and they likely will not be exactly like the parent plant. You can shave a year or two off the process by looking around under your camellias for seedlings that have sprouted on their own, and gently transplanting them to pots or into your yard.
- How to Grow Camellias (article)
- Camellia: Seed and Seedlings (International Camellia Society)
- Growing Camellia From Seed (Southern California Camellia Society)
- Growing From Seeds (mobilecamellia.org)
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