I'd really like to know, re Camellias...

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  1. janetdoyle

    janetdoyle Active Member 10 Years

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    I have a large quite old camellia, a Camellia japonica I presume, which is putting out numerous fat buds which promise to be bloom buds, but they are forming in clusters at tip ends and I have read here and there that one could, possibly should, nip off the surrounding smaller buds to encourage the larger ones to open as blooms. A further note is that this shrub does not bloom reliably, with the buds just never opening, although they contain flowers.

    I have given the shrub lots of water [I think it was too dry one year] as it is relatively near a foundation slab, about 3-4 feet away from it, and drainage, and have fertilized it about half a year ago. I think it is budding so vigorously now because I have cut it back during the early fall quite drastically to keep it away from roof eavestroughs and to cut it away from a natural gas meter. So it is a bit "hollow", curved outward, looking like a solid regular camellia from the street but really quite hollowed-out inside and on the house side.

    Does anyone familiar with camellias have any advice on this? I left it alone last year but no buds opened. The previous year a few did. It is only in partial sun, at the top, really, where it gets both morning and early afternoon sun, but generally except for the first 2 hours of morning it is in shade except for the upper part of it. It gets rain, the overhang does not hang over it, but I have given it extra water in dry periods.
     
  2. K Baron

    K Baron Well-Known Member

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    Sounds very familiar.... it needs sunshine, and less rain when in bloom. Fertilize it as you would evergreens. I cut mine to half the size from 3m to 1.5 m. and it bloomed better the second year. I receives a good amount of sunshine.
     
  3. janetdoyle

    janetdoyle Active Member 10 Years

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    Have you ever tried removing the extra buds on the tips with multiple buds, to encourage a real bloom bud to open? A bit time-consuming, as it's a large camellia, but worth a try if it is advisable...
     

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