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Growing camellias in cold climates
Ackerman, William L.
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Baltimore, Md. : Noble House, [2002]

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xiii, 136 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
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Details the result of more than 40 years of research, breeding, evaluation and development of cold hardy camellia cultivars.

Author Notes

William L. Ackerman earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in horticulture from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in Botany in the field of plant genetics from the University of Maryland. Now retired, he served as a research horticulturist at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. The author or subject of nearly 200 research papers, book chapters, and popular articles on plant breeding and culture, he resides in Ashton, Maryland where he continues his research and experimentation with hybridization of cold hardy spring and fall flowering camellias and development of commercially acceptable yellow flowering camellias. He has received numerous awards and certificates for his work including the Luther Burbank Award from the American Horticultural Society. The current president of the Camellia Society of the Potomac Valley, he is a member of several other professional organizations where he has served in various leadership roles

Table of Contents

Forewordp. viii
Introductionp. xi
Chapter I Origin and Historyp. 1
Camellias in Europep. 5
Camellias in Americap. 5
Chapter II The Path to Greater Hardinessp. 9
Chapter III Culturep. 25
Factors Affecting Plant Survivalp. 25
Optimum Season for Plantingp. 27
Site Selection and Microclimatesp. 31
Soils and Mulchesp. 32
Moisturep. 33
Fertilizationp. 34
Pruningp. 34
Chapter IV Special Situationsp. 39
Winter Protection Structuresp. 39
Protecting Container Plantsp. 40
A Natural Phenomenon for Conserving Leaf Moisturep. 43
Changing Old Habits - to Break or Not to Break - the Tap Rootp. 46
Using Gibberellic Acid to Obtain Autumn Bloomsp. 50
Chapter V Animal Problems, Diseases, and Insectsp. 53
Deerp. 53
Rabbitsp. 54
Mice, Voles, Shrews, and other Rodentsp. 54
Diseasesp. 55
Insectsp. 57
Chapter VI Propagation Asexual Propagation Rooting Cuttingsp. 63
Grafting Methodsp. 67
Chapter VII Breeding New Camelliasp. 77
Chapter VIII Commercial Camellias Proven Suitable for Regions North of the Camellia Beltp. 87
Chapter IX Camellia Introductions Bred Specifically for Their Cold Hardiness Potentialp. 93
Appendix 1
Camellia Societiesp. 115
Appendix 2
Nursery Sources For Cold Hardy Camelliasp. 117
Appendix 3
Collections and Gardens North of the Camellia Beltp. 121
Appendix 4
References and Suggested readingsp. 123
Book Chapters Written by William L. Ackermanp. 129
Cultivars by Speciesp. 133
General Indexp. 135