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Camellia not growing as it should

bexcinabexcina Posts: 17
Hi - I have an evergreen Camellia but its not growing outwards - its just a stick with lots of blooms 

Can anyone advise what i need to do to make it grow out at the sides?

Kind Regards 


  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    Your pot is a little too small for a Camellia to grow in. Long-term, you need to grow in a larger pot. If you want branching, you will need to prune the main stem down to at least half its current height. Do that after it's finished flowering. Your original shrub may have been trained that way to grow as a wall shrub which is getting more popular nowadays. 
  • bexcinabexcina Posts: 17
    ok many thanks Borderline - i hoped to plant it in the ground at some point ...
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190
    If you can bring yourself, you can cut that right down to the first flower or even lower,  it will shoot out several branches and look lovely next year.
    Ive done this with much taller ones than yours. 
    I cut one right back level with ground hoping it would give up, it came back with a vengeance. 
    I do think they are better in the ground though, if you have slightly acid soil. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • bexcinabexcina Posts: 17
    Many thanks Lyn - ok i will have to get tough with it! :-) 
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190
    Block your ears up then you won’t hear it scream😀
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • bexcinabexcina Posts: 17
  • InglezinhoInglezinho Posts: 568
    Camellia is quite hardy in most of the UK. It would do better if planted in the ground. Just check the soil is not alkaline, however.
    Everyone likes butterflies. Nobody likes caterpillars.
  • bexcinabexcina Posts: 17
    Thank you Inglezinho - I've been told to use Erracious compost so was hoping it would be ok when i plant it in the ground using that... 
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