Camelia with brown leaves after heat wave
Last Friday in Garden grove, CA the temperature was 105 degrees. Unfortunately my new, very vigorous growing camellia could not handle the hot weather. it was due to be watered tne next day. When I saw the damage I gave it some water. The temperature has still been close to 90 degrees. What can I do?
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Water deeply, not just a sprinkle. Flood the entire area inside the bricks to try and get six to 10 inches of water penetration. Mulch the soil surface with two inches of organic mulch, like compost or fir bark mulch from a garden center. Follow up with another drenching in two days, then every week during the hot dry season. Talk to the plant and express your TLC. Wait and see, I think it will respond and re-foliate.