I recently bought one and would like to know how to encourage blooming.
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Camellias usually grow best in partially shaded areas in well-drained soil. Blooming should take place in early spring depending on the plant's maturity and whether it receives the proper growing requirements. Although not always necessary, pruning can sometimes help. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/camellia/pruning-camellias-how-to-prune-a-camellia-plant.htm