I have two Camellias that have been budded for a long time; but as all of my neighbors' plants are blooming, mine are still in bud stage. What do I need to do to get them to bloom? They did bloom last year. They are in an area where they have morning sun and afternoon shade. I live in New Bern, NC.
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Camellias often take their time when it comes to blooming, even healthy ones. Some varieties are prone to bullnosing as well (when buds refuse to open). This is often due to fluctuations in temperature or insufficient moisture. A lack of nutrients and poor drainage may also be factors. However, I would simply wait...your camellia should begin blooming when ready.