Nuccio’s Gem is a midseason Camellia japonica with medium-large, formal double white flowers that grows best in well-drained, loamy soil in full shade to partial shade in a location that is protected from hot sun and drying winds.
When preparing the site for your new Camellia, dig the hole the same size as the root ball. Plant the root ball at or slightly above the soil level. If the soil settles and the crown of the root ball sinks below the soil level, excess water can accumulate at the roots which can lead to root rot resulting in plant mortality.
After planting, water deeply then apply a thick layer of mulch to keep roots cool, make certain the mulch is not touching the base of the plant. Water regularly during the first few years to help establish a strong root system. Reduce frequency once established. Moist soil that drains well is essential, standing wet soil is detrimental.
It can take years for Camellia japonica varieties to develop a root system capable of sustaining them without much irrigation. Generally, they need regular irrigation for at least the first three years. Afterwards, when their growth is more vigorous and their branches are shading their own roots then irrigation frequency can be reduced. Older camellias need less care and less water than most gardeners think.
Camellias don’t require a lot of pruning. Generally prune to remove weak, crossed, damaged, or dead wood. Or prune lightly to maintain desired shape and size right after its flowering period.