Prune A Shishi Gashira Camellia
The Shi Shi Camellia, often referred to as a dwarf sasanqua, is actually a species of Camellia hiemalis. Ideal for warmer regions, this plant adds year-round color with its 2-3 inch wide bright pink flowers that bloom from October to early January.
It grows to be 4 to 5 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide, making it suitable for use in hedges, mass plantings, or wooded gardens, as well as as a focal point near windows or in container gardens.
The best time to plant Shi Shi Camellias is from November to February to allow for proper root establishment before the summer heat.
Proper drainage is crucial for its health, as well as providing adequate water, especially for newly planted shrubs or during hot and dry periods.
Shi Shi Camellias require acidic soil, iron and other nutrients to thrive. These plants require minimal maintenance, with fertilization once or twice a year, and can tolerate partial shade or full sun. Over time, they may need pruning to control their growth and remove dead wood.
How Do You Prune A Shishi Gashira Camellia?
Shishi Gashira Camellia should be pruned once a year during the late winter and early spring. When pruning, you should look at the size and shape of the plant and remove any branches that are crossing over or growing into another branch. Make sure you don’t remove too large of a branch at once.
Remove branches by cutting them back to another branch or the trunk of the plant. You can also propagate your Shishi Gashira Camellia by taking cuttings from new growth during the springtime when it is actively growing.
Ensure all branches and leaves on your cutting are healthy before transplanting, removing all diseased and dying leaves and stems. You should also prune your Shishi Gashira Camellia in the fall or early spring when there is a minimum danger of frost.
When also pruning Shishi Gashira Camellia, you should remove any diseased areas of your plant. Diseased branches can be removed first to prevent the spread of diseases and pests to the healthy parts of your plant.
Prevent disease and pests by separating your Shishi Gashira Camellia into different garden sections or a container with a screen or by using burlap bags to keep insects out.
Either over-pruning or under-pruning usually causes slow growth and poor flowering. Over-pruning will affect flowering but will also lead to poor growth during the off-season because most normal plant functions are suspended from flower budding. The following are the steps to follow when pruning Shishi Gashira Camellia:
- Remove any dead, dying, or diseased branches from your Shishi Gashira Camellia by cutting them back to their origin. Ensure all the leaves and stems on your branch are healthy before transplanting, removing all diseased and dying leaves and stems.
- Prune any crossing branches by cutting them back to another branch — do not prune more than 1/3 of the plant at a time.
- When pruning your Shishi Gashira Camellia, leave 2-3 of the oldest canes that are producing new growth at the bottoms of the plant to ensure future flower growth. Remove any canes that have lost their vigor or have become diseased or damaged.
- You can propagate new branches or suckers by cutting them back to a node — this will promote the growth of a new branch or encourage vigorous growth.
- You can also propagate your Shishi Gashira Camellia by taking stem cuttings from new growth during the springtime when it is actively growing. Ensure all branches and leaves on your cutting are healthy before transplanting, removing all diseased and dying leaves and stems.
- Before pruning your Shishi Gashira Camellia, ensure you have adequate light levels for your plant — you should prune if the plant is getting too large for light exposure.
- If your Shishi Gashira Camellia is getting too large for its light exposure, you should prune the top of the plant to maintain adequate light exposure. You can also plant your Shishi Gashira Camellia under a tree or in a shadier environment to give it less direct sunlight, but ensure it still has at least some light exposure.
- You can prune and propagate your Shishi Gashira Camellia anytime between March and early June for proper growth and flowering.
- Remove any branches that are growing too close to the ground since this causes problems with drainage and aeration.
- Cut off top shoots where they meet the central growth.
Can You Grow Shishi Gashira Camellia From Seed?
Shishi Gashira Camellia is an evergreen plant that can easily be grown from seeds. To grow your own Shishi Gashira Camellia, you should start by collecting seeds in the fall when they ripen. Fresh seeds need to be cleaned and kept moist until they can be planted in the springtime.
Plant your new camellia seedlings when they are large enough to handle, ensuring all the leaves are present, healthy, and green without any signs of yellowing.
You will want your soil temperature to be at least 70 degrees before planting — this can usually be done most successfully if you start your seedling indoors or purchase a plug tray of plants from a garden center.
When growing from seeds, your Shishi Gashira Camellia will grow slowly, usually being about 1 foot tall by the first fall. If you are starting your seeds indoors, transplant the seedlings into individual pots when they are about 1 year old. Ensure the soil is well-drained, has plenty of organic matter, and is slightly acidic.
For best results with growing from seeds, you should plant them directly in the ground when they are large enough to handle — usually after their first year of growth.
This can be done in early spring, so they have time to become established in their new environment before facing cooler weather conditions. You should also ensure the soil is well-drained, has lots of organic matter, and is slightly acidic.
If you are growing your Shishi Gashira Camellia from seed, it can take up to one year to produce flowers — although you will still not see flowers until the fourth year after planting your seeds. You should also expect your new camellia plants to grow slowly, usually taking between three and five years to mature.
When growing Shishi Gashira Camellia from seeds in the springtime, you should prune back your new plant’s growth in early spring before it outgrows its light exposure. You should also prune any branches that are growing close to the ground as they block nutrients from reaching the roots and leaves.
Does Shishi Gashira Camellia Need Full Sun?
Shishi Gashira Camellia is an evergreen plant that will survive in various conditions — including partial shade and full sun. This makes it a versatile choice for most garden conditions and locations.
However, grow the best when they receive bright, direct sunlight each day — although they can still survive with limited sunlight and are not as damaged by less-than-ideal lighting conditions as many other types of plants.
If you have your Shishi Gashira Camellia in full sun, you should ensure it is at least ten feet from any other plants or trees so air circulation is not restricted or competition for nutrients or sunlight is not an issue.
The light exposure of your Shishi Gashira Camellia may also differ depending on whether it is planted in the ground versus planted in a planter. You should also ensure that the sunlight is not too hot before planting your new Shishi Gashira Camellia — although if you plant on the north side of a tree, it will provide shade and buffer some of the heat.
When you want Shishi Gashira Camellia to bloom, you should also ensure your plant receives indirect light to prevent burnt-out flowers.
If you have a Shishi Gashira Camellia planting that is not receiving enough sunlight, you should look into supplementing its light exposure with artificial lighting for the winter months. You should also ensure the plant receives plenty of water throughout the year, especially if it is planted in an area with a dry climate.
Is Shishi Gashira Camellia An Indoor Or Outdoor Plant?
Shishi Gashira Camellia can be grown indoors in a pot. Outdoor containers should be frost-free and sheltered from the wind. Shishi Gashira Camellia is wind tolerant therefore, you can plant your Shishi Gashira Camellia near a wall or fence for extra protection from the wind.
Shishi Gashira Camellia is best planted away from the neighborhood of seed-bearing plants such as May apples or raspberries, which may invite birds that eat its seeds and spread this plant in unwanted locations.
When growing Shishi Gashira Camellia indoors, you should ensure the soil is well-drained with a good mix of organic matter and a pH of 5-6.5. This can be achieved by mixing some compost or perlite into the soil pribeforeanting your Shishi Gashira Camellia.
To promote blooms, lightly sprinkle your Shishi Gashira Camellia with water on the soil surface and give it plenty of bright light throughout the day.
If you are growing your Shishi Gashira Camellia outdoor, you should plant it in an area not too windy and provide it water when needed — which can be done with a garden hose aimed at the top of your pot if you choose a container that allows for this type of watering method.
When watering your Shishi Gashira Camellia, you should ensure the water runs through the soil and is not left standing in the pot.
This will ensure your soil has enough oxygen to prevent root rot and your Shishi Gashira Camellia is watered effectively. You should also ensure that your Shishi Gashira Camellia does not have too much water or is in a poor location when it is planted — this may cause root rot and other problems.
The ideal temperature for your Shishi Gashira Camellia is approximately 60 degrees Fahrenheit (with a minimum of 50 degrees and a maximum of 70 degrees). Your soil should also be slightly acidic with a pH of 6.5 (preferably less than 7.0). Full sun or partial shade is not as important for this plant as it is for most varieties when growing indoors.
When you want to prune your Shishi Gashira Camellia, you should cut it back in the spring after its new leaves appear. To help maintain strong growth, apply a light top-dressing of organic fertilizer at that time as well.