***Moving 6 foot Camelia!!!!***
rebkhaksar Posts: 2
Hello, a neighbour is putting a new shed in and was going to chop down his beautiful 6' mature camellia (what a decision!) is there any way I can transplant it? Will have to be done next weekend or it'll be chopped down. It is covered in buds. Was going to ask him to water it for a couple of hours the day before and then give it a good prune. Will it survive or am I just wasting my time and my back?
Also, where in the world do you live?
If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
Camellias are pretty tough, they can be cut down to almost nothing and then will regrow. It will take a few years for them to begin flowering again but they will get there eventually if you are patient.
A friend gave me a sick camellia as a leaving present when I moved away. The leaves were yellow and dropping off and it was bone dry. The Garden Centre staff member told her it had a virus of some kind. Her blind faith in my ability to save it was scary to say the least. 15 years later I still have it, it flowers every year and was my introduction to the sasquana varieties which flower in October. It is not showy, a single, pale pink, small flower but I love it still and recently acquired 2 more sasquanas , white ones to keep it company. I did no more than repot my camellia into a larger container using ericaeous compost, gave it a long drink and stood it is a cool shady corner so cannot take any credit for its will to live.