I am not sure this is the correct forum for this topic, but I am wondering if anyone has used a growth hormone treatment on the budding tips of camellias in order to force the larger end bud to bloom... I have just been told by a local gardening suppler that Gibberellic acid (also called Gibberellin A3, GA, and GA3) is available in Canada for agricultural purposes at a high cost for a small quantity, but not on a retail basis. I have one camellia bush, a large old one, which is producing buds but not blooms, they seldom break into bloom in spring -- and I have read that the smaller buds can be broken off and the larger one thus forced to develop into bloom... could I have some advice on this? At the moment, after having been rather severely pruned to take it away from roof eavestroughs, it is producing many buds, some in large clusters, and I am wondering about nipping off the smaller ones in the bud clusters and leaving the largest one... I have also read that putting a drop of Gibberellic acid on the empty bud-cups in this process helps the remaining large bud to bloom as a flower... This particular plant is largely in shade but does get a bit of both morning and earlier afternoon sun at the top... I would be willing to experiment on this shrub as it has not bloomed much since we moved into "its" home, and I also am awaiting some bloom on another smaller now bud-setting camellia which looks promising but did not have quite the same problem, and the smaller one is in more sunlight. These are not sasanqua camellias.