Frost Bitten Camellia
My mom has a 25 year old camellia. It has spent most of that time in a cold conservatory, then 4 years ago, I spent time on it, put it in ericaeous soil, (Dad had in a tiny pot with garden soil) and made it into a ornamental tree. It has produced flowers every year since, and looks in good health. But it took the force of minus 13 C degree frosts in December. It has lost all the buds and all of its leaves. I can see signs of life, but only the odd bud. I have now covered in a plastic bag to protect it from anymore frosts in the coming week and help it keep warm, with the idea of it surviving. Can you tell me what I should do and if the plant has survived the harsh winter? I should hate to lose it.
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It can recover if it is still alive. This article will help you with protecting it from the cold: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/protect-plants-in-freeze.htm, https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/frost-how-to-protect-your-plants.htm