Camellia Betty SheffieldScientific Name: Camellia japonica
Best Planted In Zone: 7-9
The Betty Sheffield is a beautiful upright evergreen plant with peony-shaped white, red and pink blotched (and streaked) blooms among wonderful dark green foliage. Betty Sheffields are heat tolerant but high maintenance shrubs which means taking a moment to plan what soils and fertilizer to use along with choosing the best location to plant is recommended. these fabulous show-stoppers do tolerate pruning very well are cold tolerant in zones 7 to 9 but some people have had success planting them in zones 6b, 10 and 11 (check with your local extension office for more details). USDA ZONES: Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9.
Most PlantMeGreen shrubs can be shipped and planted any time of year, unless the variety is specified as only seasonal delivery. Packages are typically shipped within 7-10 days from the time of your order. You will receive a tracking email upon confirmation of your PlantMeGreen purchase. On some occasions, severe weather and other unusual issues can delay shipping and delivery of your PlantMeGreen package. Delivery time cannot be guaranteed, if a package needs to arrive prior to a specific date, or at a more convenient time for you, please notate that upon placement of your order.
First, decide on a planting location. Consider carefully what kind of sun, soil, and growing-space your shrub will need. Once you've located the perfect spot, the hole you are digging must be at least double the width and as deep as the root system you are planting. The top of the root system should be level with the ground. Before placing the tree or shrub in the hole, use your hands to gently break up the root system. Once the tree is in place, backfill the hole with native soil and any leftover potting material. Pack down the soil to eliminate any air pockets. When finished, water thoroughly. To insure your plants a successful growth rate and productive life, plant your seedlings per the instructions included in your PlantMeGreen package.
Betty Sheffields grow best in part shade-part sunny spots using sandy to clay based loams with a pH range of 4.5 to 6.5 and acidic fertilizers work best especially in the fall—using organic matter to supplement the fertilizing is also recommended (year round) and pruning dead or weak wood will help accelerate the blooming (they love pruning!). It is important to follow a regular watering schedule which keeps the soil moderate to moist until the plant is fully established, so follow a simple but scheduled plan to maintain your Betty and she will thank you for it!