COMMON NAME Kramer Supreme Camellia
BOTANICAL NAME Camellia japonica ‘Kramer Supreme’
HEIGHT 8′ to 10′
WIDTH 6′ to 10′
LIFESPAN 100 years
SOIL TYPE Well drained to slightly moist. Prefers a pH of 5.8 to 6.5.
WATERING REQUIREMENTS Water after planting in ground, and water every day for 2 weeks.Week 3 and week 4, water deeply twice a week. From week 5 forward water deeply once or twice a week. Do not overwater. Supplement with water during droughts and the hot, dry months to keep your plant lush and thriving. Reduce watering in the Winter when growth slows.
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS Part shade to dappled shade. Morning sun and dappled afternoon shade are ideal conditions. Shelter from the hot afternoon sun. (Camellia sasanqua varieties prefer full sun.)
FERTILIZING Sparingly use well-balanced, slow release, granular azalea/camellia /gardenia/ixora fertilizer as instructed on the packaging. Avoid getting fertilizer on the leaves, flowers, stems, and trunks. Do not allow fertilizer to clump, be sure to disperse evenly. Clumped fertilizer can potentially burn roots, potentially harming or killing a plant. Do not over-fertilize, as this will result in more foliage and less flowers.
FLOWER Large, red to red-pink, peony-form, brilliant double full bloom. Lovely, fragrant flowers.
MONTH OF COLOR Mid-season blooms, from January through April.
FRUIT Green pod seed pod unripe, red-brown seed pod ripe. Pods contain seeds. Inedible.
ALLERGENS, TOXICITY AND ANIMALS Non-toxic to animals. (Dogs, cats, horses, humans.)
COMMENTS Has a beautifully large and fragrant bloom in the Winter. Leaves are glossy, dark green, with a serrated edge. Soil must drain well and never retain water, or this could stimulate an array of problems, such as diseases and root rot. Wounds on the bark can be susceptible to fungus, causing branch tips and branches to die. Remove diseased branches by pruning several inches below the affected areas and remove diseased limbs. Be sure to clean tools adequately and properly for each plant, as dirty tools used for pruning can transmit fungus and disease. Fresh cut flowers are perfect for vases. One can also float flower heads in a pond, decorative bowl of water, or even holiday punch bowl for enjoyable beauty! Originates from far east Asia.
PRICE 7 gallon $55