Camellia Plants

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  1. Moving a Camellia
  2. Camellia Blooms
  3. Rust Color on Camellia Leaves
  4. Camellia Pruning
  5. Layering or Grafting Camellias
  6. Camellias
  7. Problem With Camellia Tree
Asked by Anonymous on November 10, 2010
Moving a Camellia

The previous home owner planted a camellia to close to the house. The plant is blooming now (mid November) . When is the best time of year to move this plant?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Early fall and spring are the best time to move plants. It is a little late in the season to move it this year, so I would recommend waiting until spring.

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Asked by Anonymous on November 16, 2010
Camellia Blooms

My young camellia produced two perfectly beautiful white blooms but then started producing buds that were brown even before they bloomed. When they bloomed, they were riddled with brown petals. What’s the problem and how do I correct it?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This may have been caused by a disease called flower blight. Here is more information on it:
http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/GARDEN/PLANTS/DISEASES/campfbli.html

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Asked by Anonymous on November 22, 2010
Rust Color on Camellia Leaves

The plants seem to be healthy but have a rust color on the leaves. I use Seasol once every 8 weeks and have applied slow-release fertilizer on once during watering when needed (due to water restrictions).

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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Asked by Anonymous on December 5, 2010
Camellia Pruning

My camellia has just finished blooming. It’s about 10-12 feet tall, is intruding on my house, and is out of control. It seems healthy and blooms like crazy but is entirely too big. Can you help?

Asked by Anonymous on January 5, 2011
Layering or Grafting Camellias

How do you layer or graft camellias?

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tammyatnewleafplants.com

Hello. Camellias are not a grafted plant. Grafting involves 2 species merged together: one's roots to another's top to help the plant live longer and/or support special fruit, as in most fruit trees, pecans, etc.
The best success for layering would be to find a branch (or many) long enough to lay down on the ground, cover with a few shovels of soil allowing for at least 6 inches of top growth sticking out of your new mound. Then, months later, (or even better a YEAR) cut your new baby away from the mother (close to the mother to allow for possible 2 plants from each rooting).
Camellias produce a surprising number of seeds, and I will write an article about that on http://www.newleafplants.com in the next few days (first about Hemlock).

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Asked by Anonymous on January 17, 2011
Camellias

I was given a camellia bush for Christmas. It is in a pot and covered in buds. Due to the extreme weather, I have kept it on the windowsill in a cool room. Some of the buds have now started to open and although the coldest weather has gone for the moment, I am unsure whether to put it outside or will this cause the buds to fall off. What is the best thing to do?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

I would definitely keep it indoors. Provide it with as much light and humidity as you can to keep it blooming. If you place it outside in cold weather, it will die and while it may be a bit warmer now, there will most likely be more cold weather coming.

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Asked by Anonymous on January 19, 2011
Problem With Camellia Tree

I have two camellia trees which are in totally different locations. Neither tree is in direct sunlight and both are planted in pots. Both trees have tons of buds on them, but the buds do not open or bloom. Could you please tell me what the problem is?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

They may have thrips. These pests will cause the blossoms to fall off before they open. Here is more information on them:
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/controlling-thrips.htm

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