A. No, but in cold climates, try to avoid east-facing positions where the early morning sunshines directly on to blooms on frosty spring mornings. North facing is fine for some varieties as long as they are not also heavily shaded by trees
A. Most camellias will eventually grow to between 8ft and 20ft tall if left to their own devices. There are exceptions which will only reach 4-6ft high. Ask your nursery for advice on the best variety for your needs.
Yes. ANY water is better than none. Drying out is the greater evil - and remember that when it rains, many plants in containers actually receive very little as it bounces off the foliage onto the surrounding ground.
A. It is possible that your soil is too alkaline for good camellia growth, or it may be that the roots are standing in water. Alternatively, your camellia may just need feeding. The final reason may be because your camellia requires shade and is planted in full sun, which bleaches the leaves.
A. This can be due to a variety of reasons:
The plant may have been either too wet or too dry
Extreme weather conditions, flluctuation from warm and wet to very cold and frosty
Natural thinning of some buds, when the plant has produced too many for it to support
Overfeeding, most likely too late in the season
They may not be dropping at all. Look for vertebrate pests such as mice or birds
A. In cold climates, this is usually caused by frost, wind battering or prolonged wet conditions. A bit of deadheading will tidy things up, then enjoy the new buds as they open.
Another cause could be Petal Blight. There is no chemical control as yet, but good housekeeping, removing infected flowers, will help.
A. This can be due to weather damage, eg frost, wind or very hot sun, especially in poorly ventilated greenhouses
A. These are classic symptoms of over feeding. Water well to flush the excess nutrients. If all the leaves drop, do not throw the plant out straightaway. It may recover and produce new shoots once the chemical balance between root and soil has been restored.
A. Definitely not! This is a bit like giving a very sick person a 3 course meal! First find out whats wrong and treat accordingly before feeding again
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