Camellia Plants

Camellia Bud Drop

Anonymous added on March 15, 2011 | Answered

Based on what I read at this site, it appears that our white camellia bush has bud drop. The buds never open. They stay hard as a rock, then they turn brown. Only one or two actually open to a bloom, but they too have brown leaves. The location gets a lot of rain coming off the roof. I am not sure if it can be dug up at this point because it has been there for years. Any suggestions on what we can do to save the bush?

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Answered on March 16, 2011

It actually sounds like you may have a nutrient problem. Have the soil tested and in the mean time, use a fertilizer with a slightly higher amount of phosphorus in it. They are normally sold as "bloom booster" fertilizers. Just make sure that the fertilizer is providing all 3 kinds of macro-nutrients, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

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