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Questions About Camellia Plants

Asked by
panos4tw on
May 30, 2019
Greece

Q. Red spots on Camellia leaves

My potted camellia never really got used to her new environment in Greece and then came the hot days and aphids appeared. I used some dish soap with rubbing alcohol to exterminate them, but I probably overdid it. For the past 10 days leaves keep falling and most of them seem to have these red dots on them. Remaining leaves don’t look as fresh as they used and even the shining ones look like they are maybe shagging.

Any idea what these red dots are? Could they be a reaction to the dish soap or are they something else? I have tried cleaning the leaves by spraying clean water already. Is there anything else I can do?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 1, 2019
Certified Expert
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I think the spotting is Aphid damage; if you still see live Aphids try spraying them off with water.
I would suggest Neem Oil as a good treatment for any further pest issues.
Support it's growth and it should recover.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/camellia/identifying-and-fixing-problems-with-camellias.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/camellia/caring-for-camellias.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 3, 2019

Q. Camellia

My camilia plant is not very big and only a year old. It is not happy where it is so I wondered if it can be moved now in June. I can\’t see any buds on it and the leaves don\’t look happy. It gets full sun so I know this is a wrong location for it. What should I do.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 3, 2019
Certified Expert
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It will be risky to move them, but if you would like to try, then it will be best to do so when it is not actively growing, or hasn't done much in a few weeks. It may be more likely that they just need a little extra care, or something to acidify the soil in the area. This article will give you more information on the care of these: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/camellia/caring-for-camellias.htm

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Asked by
peterpeter332.uk on
June 17, 2019
SY11 2LW. SHROPSHIRE

Q. When is the best time to transplant a camellia bush.

WHAT difference will a picture make

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 17, 2019
Certified Expert
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Camellias are best transplanted in late winter or early spring when they are dormant.
This article will help you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/camellia/camellia-transplanting-tips.htm

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Asked by
simplyinteriors2002 on
June 17, 2019
Egton North Yorkshire

Q. The leaves on my camellia are yellowing.

The bush was planted a year ago. It has plants surrounding it. It has buds on it, but it does not look healthy at all, because of the yellow leaves. It is about 80 cm high.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
June 17, 2019
Certified Expert
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This is usually the case with pH being too high, or underfeeding. Usually it is the first case, though.

This can be lowered with iron or sulfur. Follow all package instructions after testing the pH of your soil.

This article will offer more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/camellia/camellia-fertilizer-info.htm

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Asked by
MrsM on
July 30, 2019
Worcester

Q. Yellowing leaves on camellia

Bought this plant 4 years ago and the last year it has yellowing leaves, they then turn brown and drop off. I am about to plant it in a raised bed. Any suggestions on what would help it please?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
July 30, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

If it isn't fed regularly, then this will likely be the issue. Planting may be the better option.

These articles will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/camellia/camellia-fertilizer-info.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/camellia/caring-for-camellias.htm

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Asked by
edward.wilson on
August 18, 2019
Sydney, Australia

Q. Re-planted established camellias – leavings starting to curl

Hi there! I re-planted some established Sasanquas into a shady spot in our garden which lost most of their leaves over the winter and became wirey (I live in Sydney, Australia so its not a particularly cold winter). 2 weeks ago,I replaced the wiry Sasanquas with some larger/more established camellias (2x Japonica and 1x Sasanqua, red arrows in photos)which have been replanted in the same spot. Today I noticed that the leaves have just started to curl. They are planted next to 3x established Japonicas which get a little bit more sun and are doing well.

This time, I planted them in with a mixture of compost, cow manure mixture & peat moss to help the soil with nutrients & drainage. I also read that the Japonicas should do better in the shade. Is there anything else I can do to help these plants re-establish themselves in their new spot?

Thanks in advance for any tips/advice!

Answered by
BushDoctor on
August 19, 2019
Certified Expert
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Yes, make sure to only water when they NEED it.d This means letting the soil dry thoroughly down to about 2 or 3 inches before watering again. This article will give you more information on their care: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/camellia/caring-for-camellias.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 9, 2019

Q. Camellias Won’t Bloom

My three year old camellias will not bloom. They gave 2-3 blooms last year near the soil, then faded. The plant appears to be healthy; 25 inches high, but seems stunted. No blooms this year. Have added acidic fertilizer to no avail. Thinking about moving them; they get full sun around 7 hours a day. Is this the problem?

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
September 10, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

Camelias need part shade, like morning sun and afternoon shade or filtered sun all day. They may be stressed. Here are more reasons they might not bloom:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/camellia/camellias-wont-bloom.htm

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