Beyond the Camellia Belt

Beyond the Camellia Belt

Breeding, Propagating and Growing Cold-hardy Camellias

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In this expansion of Growing Camellias in Cold Climates (2002), a research geneticist retired from the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, DC, reassures gardeners that camellias can be grown beyond their traditional range. But advice for growing them in areas with milder winters, e.g., fall planting, does not apply in northern climes. Ackerman's discussion of hybridization and other general aspects of cultivation should be of interest to "camellians" everywhere. The volume includes color plates, camellia resources, collections and gardens as far north as Norway, technical tables, and suggested readings. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Gardeners seeking to adorn landscapes in more northerly climates with delicate camellia blossoms will learn how to in this comprehensive guide. Following a brief history of the genus Camellia and the breeding process which has enabled strains to survive in colder climates, this guide outlines the steps to success?from siting, planting, and fertilizing to pruning, propagating, and controlling pests and diseases. Besides offering a wealth of time-tested advice?from one who for more than 40 years has mounted extensive research in the cultivation of camellias suitable for areas outside of their natural habitat and has had a type of camellia named after him?this handbook provides a list of camellia varieties that will thrive in zones five and six, as well as appendices identifying camellia societies, nursery sources, collections, and suggested readings.

Publisher: Batavia, IL : Ball Publishing, 2007
Description: 270 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781883052522
Branch Call Number: 635.933624 Ack


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