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.


  • 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.


You need to be passionate to study camellias at the level of this course.

There's a lot of work involved to complete 100 hours of study into just one type of plant; but in the end, your level and knowledge will be far stronger than most who work with camellias, amateur or professional.

This course can improve your prospects for success as a nurseryman, landscaper, gardener, plant collector or anything else.

Camellias are one of the more popular garden plants world wide. There has always been a strong demand for camellias as a container plant or in ground garden plant; and that situation is unlikely to ever change. If you do this course; you will set yourself apart, as something of an "expert" when it comes to camellias.

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