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Juniper4Juniper4 CheshirePosts: 69
This is a sorry looking young camellia plant. Bought as a mother day present 2 years ago. I planted it out into soil about a month ago. It’s in a sunny position, gets shade about 6pm. 
Is it worth saving? Or do all young camellia go through this stage. 
Am I doing something wrong? 

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  • PurplerainPurplerain Posts: 1,052
    They enjoy sun in the morning with some shade in the afternoon if possible. More importantly they thrive in acidic soil with some moisture retention. If you can't give them ideal conditions, you might be better to try it in a large pot with ericaceous compost from a garden centre. They are quite tough plants so I would try to save it and hopefully it will recover.
    SW Scotland
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,235
    Where has it been for two years?

    Unless you have really good soil conditions, that much sun isn't good. East facing in particular is always poor as the emerging flowers can get frosted, then thaw too quickly. If you live somewhere which never gets frost, it's not so bad. 
    Dappled shade is best. 
    They need enough moisture too- especially late summer for the bud formation for the following year. Have you watered regularly - at the base since planting, and was it well hydrated on planting? It'll need plenty of water until it gets going.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Juniper4Juniper4 CheshirePosts: 69
    @Fairygirl for the past 2 years it’s been in a pot. 
    I have a north east facing garden, with clay soil. 

     
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,235
    Clay is fine, but it will probably have been quite pot bound before planting, unless you were refreshing the soil and the pot was big. 
    It'll recover, but too much sun has an adverse affect, especially when they're trying to establish themselves. If you can keep it protected from the sun for the hottest part of the day, that will help.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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