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Growing Camellias

Course CodeVHT109
Fee CodeS2
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Become an expert at the classification and culture of camellias.

  •  Learn how to Grow and Use Camellia Plants
  • A correspondence course for the enthusiast or commercial grower.
  • Start anytime, study at your own pace online

Lesson Structure

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction to Camellias
    • Overview
    • Understanding plant culture
    • Plant names (common names and scientific names)Camellia biology
    • Resources
    • Pronunciation of plant names
    • Camellia species most commonly grown
    • Review of other species
  2. Culture
    • Soil is the foundation
    • Components of a soil
    • Naming a soil
    • Improving soils
    • Soil mixes
    • Potting media
    • Plant nutrition
    • Preparing a garden
    • Building up the soil
    • Use healthy plants
    • Maintain hygeine
    • Maintaining nutrition and water needs
    • Inspecting plants for health issues
    • How to plant a Camellia
    • Fertilizing, mulching, etc
    • Time of planting
    • Review of plant problems and their control
    • What do Camellias need
    • Creating shady nooks
  3. Propagation
    • Methods of propagating camellias.
    • Cutting propagation
    • Types of cuttings
    • Softwood cuttings
    • Semi hardwood cuttings
    • Hardwood cuttings
    • Seed propagation
    • Grafting
    • Media for striking cuttings
    • Potting up new plants
  4. Using Camellias
    • Introduction
    • Woodland plantings
    • Garden beds
    • Specimen trees
    • Ground cover
    • Growing Camellias in shade
    • Choose Camellias with trees
    • Topiary
    • Camellias as a hedge
    • Pleaching
    • Espalier
  5. The most Commonly Grown Varieties.
    • Review of selected varieties of C. japonica
  6. Other important Groups.
    • Camellia sasanqua
    • Varieties of Camellia sasanqua
    • Camellia reticulata
    • Varieties of Camellia reticulata
    • Tea (Camellia sinensis)
  7. The Lesser Grown Varieties
    • Introduction
    • Camellia species that might be grown
  8. Special Assignment. On one selected plant or group.

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Identify different camellias.
  • Describe the cultural requirements common to most, if not all, camellias.
  • Propagate camellias
  • Determine and describe different ways of using Camellias.
  • Describe the identification and culture of most commonly cultivated camellias.
  • Describe the identification and culture of sasanqua and reticulata camellias.
  • Discuss a range of lesser grown species and cultivars of Camellia.
  • Discuss a specialist camellia related topic in depth.

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John Mason Parks Manager, Nurseryman, Landscape Designer, Garden Writer and Consultant. Over 40 years experience; working in Victoria, Queensland and the UK. He is one of the most widely published garden writers in the world; author of more than 70 books and editor for 4 different gardening magazines. John has been recognised by his peers being made a fellow of the Institute of Horticulture in the UK, as well as by the Australian Institute of Horticulture.
Diana Cole B.A. (Hons), Dip. Horticulture, BTEC Dip. Garden Design, Diploma Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector), P.D.C. In addition to the qualifications listed above, Diana holds City & Guild construction qualifications and an NPTC pesticide spraying licence (PA1/PA6). Diana runs her own landscape gardening business (Arbella Gardens). Active in many organisations including the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers.
Yvonne SharpeRHS Cert.Hort, Dip.Hort, M.Hort, Cert.Ed., Dip.Mgt. Over 30 years experience in business, education, management and horticulture. Former department head at a UK government vocational college. Yvonne has traveled widely within and beyond Europe, and has worked in many areas of horticulture from garden centres to horticultural therapy. She has served on industry committees and been actively involved with amateur garden clubs for decades.
Gavin ColeB.Sc., Cert.Garden Design. Landscape Designer, Operations Manager, Consultant, Garden Writer. He was operations manager for a highly reputable British Landscape firm (The Chelsea Gardener) before starting up his own landscaping firm. He spent three years working in our Gold Coast office, as a tutor and writer for Your Backyard (gardening magazine) which we produced monthly for a Sydney punlisher between 1999 and 2003. Since then, Gavin has contributed regularly to many magazines, co authored several gardening books and is currently one of the "garden experts" writing regularly for the "green living" magazine "Home Grown".

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