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Planting camellias in November

A friend recently gave me some camellia plants, both grown in large pots which he kept - they're currently in the air, so to speak, with the root ball wrapped in plastic.

Is it too late in the year to plant them in the ground?

they seem like fairly mature trees, about 1.5m high, and the rootball is about 18 inches cubed.

I live in the Cotswolds if the weather is a factor!

Advice greatly appreciated.



  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    It's still relatively warm. Forecast for the longer term say's it won't get too cold for another month or so so I'd get them in the ground asap. Give it a good mulch over the planting hole at least 4 inches. It should settle fairly well. If you can protect from frost as much as possible over winter that will help.

  • Thanks both. Any tips about what sort of mulch?i have a bucket full of woodchips and the like, or could use pebbles.

    also - would RootGrow fungus be a good idea?

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    I'd go with the wood chip and despite what Verdun says root grow won't hurt.

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