In northern areas, spring planting is recommended rather than in the autumn, as is frequently done in warmer climates. This allows the newly planted camellia time to get its roots established before encountering the rigors of the winter season. Careful planting is the most important aspect to growing camellias.
Select healthy, vigorous plants. Plants 2′ to 4′ in size, either balled-and-burlapped or container grown (the latter somewhat preferable), are perhaps easiest to get established.
Choose a location, if possible, where there is some natural protection in winter from strong winds and the morning sun. Plant in good garden soil to which a generous amount of humus, such as coarse peat, has been added.