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Dry Camellia

ElizaRoseElizaRose Posts: 121
edited September 2019 in Plants
This camellia was transplanted in June, and I thought it would do much better in its new place, because when it was dug up, it transpired that a bottomless compost bag was around its roots (my MIL's method for keeping plants contained). Erecacious compost was placed at the bottom of the planting hole and I tried to water it. It was looking OK for a while, but not as good as I hoped. What might be happening? (I'm trying to add a photo, but I'm having real trouble with it!)



  • Try reducing the size of the photo. That usually works. 😊 

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  • I know how to post pics- I have a very old iPad which is not cooperative- my phone managed it.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,158
    If the rootball wasn't soaked at planting time it can be really hard to rehydrate.  Give it a bucketful of water - 10 litres at a time - every day for the next couple of weeks, even if it rains.  Pour it on slowly so it can soak in.

    It's really important for camellias, azaleas and rhodos to have plenty of water now as this is when they set their flowers for the following year.  Once throrughly wet, give it a good thick mulch of well-rotted manure and/or ericaceous compost for the worms to work in over winter.
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  • ElizaRoseElizaRose Posts: 121
    edited September 2019
    Thank you obelixx. Yesterday I did have a hose dribble water slowly at the base for 20 min or so. I'll do as you say for the next couple of weeks. As you may know, it's been so dry in the east of the U.K.  
    P.s. I hope I don't lose it. It was the first plant I bought for my garden. I got it from the Co-op!
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,214
    Have you transplanted it somewhere with a bit of shade? That will help too.
    As @Obelixx says, don't lay off the water even if it does rain. You need consistent rain for it to have an effect.
    Adding good compost and some manure/bark over the autumn and winter and into spring will also help, as it will benefit the soil generally. 
    Don't expect it to flower next spring though, it'll take a while to get established again. Fingers crossed it will recover for you.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Thank you Fairygirl, I'll do as you suggest.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,214
    You can also prune them, which can help with re establishment, but you may feel a bit unsure of that. Play it by ear for now, and see how it responds   :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,980
    I had one like that, my mum had kept it in a pot and it was a bit starved and leggy, I sawed the trunk down to about 6” from the base, planted it in the shade, I didn’t get flowers the flowing year but after that it was lovely, and still is.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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