Question: Camellia and mimosa
Good morning I would like to know an information about the plant (CAMELIA) you can plant in the garden, and if so what are the methods to follow for its maintenance if it is a plant that in winter is better to cover it and if the heat bothers it, in which periods it is better to plant and in which flourishes.
Then I take this opportunity to know if the plant of MIMOSA can be planted in my region and city BOLOGNA and what are the tricks to follow even with this last plant.
thanks and best regards
SAMUELE from BOLOGNA
Camellia and mimosa: Answer: Camelia and mimosa
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The Acacia dealbata belongs to the family of the mimosaceae that find an optimal situation of growth in our zones of the warm temperate coastal strip on fertile, moist, well drained and basically acid soils. It is an evergreen shrubby plant, has a smooth trunk, greyish branches and silvery-green leaves and is very sensitive to colds and high summer temperatures. It is commonly known as MIMOSA.
It produces the classic yellow-flaky flowers used for cut and that can occur from February to April depending on the weather conditions. The best time for planting the plants is from October to March. The plants must be well exposed to light and in a well ventilated position throughout the year; it is moderately watered in autumn and winter and abundantly in spring and summer.
As mentioned before, it is a plant more suited to the warm temperate climates of central and southern Italy, undoubtedly it can also be planted in Bologna but you cannot be sure of having a lush tree due to the lack of certain environmental requirements typical of the species.
Regarding Camellia, this is a plant that belongs to the Teacee family originating from Japan and Korea. It is a perennial plant with a very glossy persistent leaf, sensitive to cold and in our climates it blooms in spring with large flowers of variable color from white to red.
In order to grow well, it needs acid and very moist soil, winter shelter from the cold, medium lighting and a very humid atmosphere.
It is subject to various fungal and environmental pathologies such as those arising both from exposure to cold and from intolerance to basic soil and hard or calcareous waters but also from the very dry atmosphere.
The Camellias, can be grown outdoors in almost all of Italy, they prefer temperate climates, sufficiently humid. They are damaged by winds, both cold and hot and dry; they must therefore be planted in sheltered positions.
Camellias like other plants near flowering, which occurs from February to May, are very demanding in terms of nutrition and require specific fertilizers for acidophilic plants. They are planted in September - October or in March - April, watering must be abundant: it is watered in the evening or early in the morning, in the hottest or dry periods it is advisable, in the evening, to spray the leaves with water.
PRUNING in the Camellia is performed in May, after flowering and regards the elimination of weaker and dry branches, sprouting of the shoots to make the hair more regular and pleasant.