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Camellia feeding Q
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Author:  Black Kat [ 05 Dec 2019, 19:30 ]
Post subject:  Camellia feeding Q

I've got a Camellia bonsai that in the 2 years I've had it barely did anything other than drop leaves but thankfully this year did manage to put on all of 4 or 5 new leaves only to drop half of them come Autumn, so I'd little hope for it surviving the winter. BUT incredibly not only is it surviving but now it's shown how happy it is by producing no less than 5 flower buds, one of which looks on the verge of popping very soon.

SO my Q is - should I be feeding it now or will that stop the buds progressing as would usually happen in the summer? I'm just concerned that it had the last feed of the season back in late August or early Sept and if it's going to flower will that not weaken it at the worst time of the year?

You can tell I know nothing much about Camellia - bought this from a newspaper ad & it came in a much better state than it's been in ever since having not coped well with the delivery at the time.

Author:  richardb [ 05 Dec 2019, 21:10 ]
Post subject:  Re: Camellia feeding Q

I only have a couple of camellia in large garden pots. Mine have lots of flower buds now but this will flower early next year. Protect the flower buds from very strong frosts. I normally give Epsom salts early in the year and then slow release acidic fertiliser.

Author:  bluesky [ 09 Dec 2019, 13:53 ]
Post subject:  Re: Camellia feeding Q

I have one camellia, also in a garden pot, I agree with Richard's advice.
Also, try to ensure it gets rain water instead of tap water because they are an acid loving species. The leaves are a better indicator of health than the flowers. If too many leaves are yellowing or dropping then it might be that the soil is not acid enough, if you can test the pH it should be something like pH5.5. Don't feed with fertiliser at all if you suspect the plant is not too healthy. They can survive for years without any fertiliser.

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