About Climate Zones - Can you grow camellias in your area?
The number one question we have from customers is "Can I grow camellias where I live? Sometimes it's an easy question, and sometimes it's not. I usually start by asking about your location.
We often have to refer to several sources when determining whether camellias will do well in a particular area, one of them being the climate zone.
The United States Dept of Agriculture has developed a climate zone map which will give us a good indication of the minimum cold temperatures of regions around the country. Cold weather plays a big part in the ability of camellias to survive in some areas. We can use the climate zone map to get an idea of the type cold weather that is typical for your area.
The second consideration is that not all camellias are equal. Some may tolerate colder or warmer weather than others - so variety plays a part in determining whether camellias will do well in your area.
WHEN TO PLANT IF YOU CAN PLANT OUTDOORS
Climate Zones 8-9-10
You can probably plant most varieties year round - but you must be careful of summer planting because of the heat. The absolute best time to plant is between September and May. Some camellias may prefer cooler to warmer temperatures so check your individual variety of camellia to see recommendations on it's likes and dislikes.
Climate Zones 7
If you are in climate zones 7, you are slightly limited in varieties that may perform outdoors. If you do plant, do so in the spring, avoid fall and winter plantings unless you plan to protect them from winter injury the first few years. See the individual camellia varieties for more information. View cold tolerant camellias from CamelliaShop.com
Climate Zone 6
Outdoor planting is extremely limited in this zone. There are some cold-tolerant camellias available for zones 6 so know your camellia before you plant. Even with cold tolerant camellias, they can suffer winter injury or death if they are not protected properly with extreme conditions. View cold tolerant camellias from CamelliaShop.com
The Hardiness Zone Map details the United States different climate zones in relation to minimum or cold temperatures.