Camellia Plants

Layering or Grafting Camellias

Anonymous added on January 5, 2011 | Answered

How do you layer or graft camellias?

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Answered on January 5, 2011

Hello. Camellias are not a grafted plant. Grafting involves 2 species merged together: one's roots to another's top to help the plant live longer and/or support special fruit, as in most fruit trees, pecans, etc.
The best success for layering would be to find a branch (or many) long enough to lay down on the ground, cover with a few shovels of soil allowing for at least 6 inches of top growth sticking out of your new mound. Then, months later, (or even better a YEAR) cut your new baby away from the mother (close to the mother to allow for possible 2 plants from each rooting).
Camellias produce a surprising number of seeds, and I will write an article about that on in the next few days (first about Hemlock).

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