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What is on my camellia?

ElizaRoseElizaRose East AngliaPosts: 121
Ugh, i noticed that some leaves on my camellia were blackened, and then I see this:

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  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,639
    Give the buds a spray/squirt of soapy water. Looks like a light infestation of aphids. If you have time, wipe the leaves with a damp sponge to remove the soot too. Should be fine.
  • ElizaRoseElizaRose East AngliaPosts: 121
    Thanks thanks for that Borderline. Will do.
  • ElizaRoseElizaRose East AngliaPosts: 121
    So i bought a spray bottle from the garden centre, filled it with soapy water, only to find that it then didn't work. Got some kitchen paper, soaked it with the soapy water, and gently tried to remove the aphids and clean the leaves. Sadly some buds just popped off.
    i don't think my camellia is too happy this year. I think the heat of last summer got to her and I didn't know to water her in September for flowers this spring. 
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,639
    ElizaRose, sorry to hear that some buds dropped off. Personally I wouldn’t worry too much about them dropping off, and it can happen even on healthy looking buds.

    It’s still early now so let them be and they may be fine. A bit of a warm spell can bring on aphids. As you stated water stress makes them more vulnerable at this time of year.

    Mulching a nice thick layer of ericaceous compost or bark chip in spring time and keeping an eye on the dry weather throughout summer. Water generously if no rain for a few weeks. The younger a shrub the more they need water. Hope it all goes well.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,925
    Take the spray bottle back and change it, they won’t mind,  it’s better to use one of those then touching with paper. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • ElizaRoseElizaRose East AngliaPosts: 121
    Thanks Borderline and Lyn; I'll take onboard what you say. Hoping she will flower. She's the first plant I ever bought for the garden.
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