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Q.Can Sasanquas Live In Really Cold Weather-like 10 Degrees. I Have Some That Have Been Arround For Mny Years. We\’ve Had A Really

Zone 39157 Ridgeland,MS | landjm393 added on January 30, 2023 | Answered

s evere winter and now they are all brown. Is there any way to bring them back to the way they were?

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Answered on January 31, 2023

Yes, the camellia plant usually survives occasional temperatures as low as +10° to 0°F (varies by cultivar though). But they may lose foliage if the soil lacks moisture when cold, desiccating winds arrive. In the future, try maintaining the soil moist the night before, maintaining 3-4" of organic mulch past the drip line and even covering the plant. Once the foliage browns out, you need to wait until spring to determine the status of the plant and various branches. Look for leaf out as well as suckers that start to grow from the bottom. If neither is detected by the end of the spring, the plant did not make it. Until then, water and mulch only as needed to keep the soil moist at a depth of 4+ inches. Fertilize once there is active growth and there is no more danger of frost. Prune off any branches determined to be dead in late spring.

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