of Epsom salts to 1 gallon of water and use on camellias twice a year. Apply just under 2.5 pounds (5 cups) of ammonium sulfate, or 1.5 pounds (3 cups) of ammonium nitrate, or a little over a pound (one heaping cup) of urea fertilizer around the drip zone. Gardening expert Jack E. Christensen writes a weekly column with timely horticulture tips. Plant them a little higher than surrounding soil level so roots have good access to air; otherwise they will slowly die. As its name suggests, it comes from Japan and it was the earliest of the cultivated Camellias in Australia. Camellia growers love to hybridise and this species has produced more than 20,000 cultivars. It is simply Magnesium Sulphate and this assists plant growth in a number of ways including : Improving the uptake of minerals, especially nitrogen, sulphur and phosphorus. It has a strong growth habit, large glossy dark green leaves and the flowers come from late autumn, right through to spring and they come in a range of sizes and colours and forms. For each feeding apply 0.4 pound of actual nitrogen per tree (to total 1.6 pounds) per year, spread around the drip line. Some of these varieties actually stand full sun, although most of them like to grow in the shade and the full sun varieties make great hedging plants. Or, contact our editors by emailing moderator@scng.com. Trim others to keep them in shape or get them out of the way. COLIN CAMPBELL: I'm often asked to name my favourite flower and I've got to tell you, the Camellia is right up near the top and I know I'm not the only one because it is one of the world's favourite flowers. Camellias like a well drained, slightly acid soil with a pH range of between 6 and 6.5 and adding regular compost helps to maintain that acidity level. Feed again in late April and then in mid-June. As indicated by its chemical name, Epsom salt contains magnesium, a mineral important to plant life. This is one of the most popular Camellia varieties. Hibiscus grows quickly, so it’s OK to cut overgrown plants back quite a bit. If none of those work, just enjoy the green foliage. It really is a beautiful plant. 5 Also put down the second of four annual feedings around mature citrus trees within the next two weeks, whether you applied the first feeding in mid-January or not. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS. To many people, the Japonica is the most recognisable Camellia. • Dry soil a little between waterings, susceptible to root disease. It helps strengthen the cell walls of plants. One is to put 2 teaspoons of Epsom salts into 10 litres of water and water all around the plant with that. An added bonus is that they stand regular pruning. And wait until blooming ends to feed them, or they may drop any remaining buds. Plant azaleas and camellias while they are blooming. There are 4 main types of Camellias. You can grow Camellias pretty much anywhere in Australia. The last is maybe to shift it to a completely different place so it gets a different aspect of sun and light. 3 Plant azaleas and camellias while they are blooming. My neighbour next door uses it to feed her Gardenia and it is recommended also for Proteas and Citrus fruit trees. We might permanently block any user who abuses these conditions. We invite you to use our commenting platform to engage in insightful conversations about issues in our community. They'll give you beautiful blooms right through autumn, winter and into spring. Some of these varieties actually stand full sun, although most of them like to grow in the shade and the full sun varieties make great hedging plants. My tomato looks like an alien, is it safe to eat. 1 Apply a quarter cup of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) to each mature rose bush to boost both vigor and flowering capacity. Epsom Salts has been used by gardeners for many years and Epsom Salts, has a number of benefits for plants. It does have a beautifully delicate flower, but it drops its petals almost on a daily basis and that upsets some gardeners, but the carpet of petals on the ground that follows looks really stunning I reckon and because it has a huge number of buds, it has a long flowering season from late autumn right through the winter. Now there are a few things you can do. There's Sasanqua, and the Japonica and then there's the Reticulata which has much bigger flowers and finally Sinensis which comes from China and that's the one that gives us our cup of tea, but you don't find many of them in home gardens.