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Camellia japonica ‘Unryu’ question

Trying to learn more as I go and I have a beautiful Unryu that I mistakenly planted in the wrong location. I’m in Zone 6 and it just finished flowering, when is the best time to transplant?


  • InglezinhoInglezinho Posts: 568
    edited May 2021
    You say Zone 6, which indicates USA, Zone 6 in UK would be Norway! I'm puzzled because it would only "just have finished flowering" in a mild location. More details please. Camellias do not transplant well. What is wrong with the present location? 

    Ah, I'm beginning to get it. "Uhuryu" is a Japanese variety. In Japan it is late spring. I still don't really get your post, however.
    Everyone likes butterflies. Nobody likes caterpillars.
  • Oops, should have specified - Zone 6 US. I planted in Full sun on the south side of my house. As spring turns to summer, it can get pretty hot out there and the bricks on the front side heat up. Thinking it isn’t very happy as the leaves are not the deep green I thought they would be. 
  • InglezinhoInglezinho Posts: 568
    Thanks for the explanation. I have Camellias in Brazil. They are very tolerant plants, just budding now (late Fall), flower 2x a year - Fall and early Summer. They are, however, very greedy for nitrogen. Give them a good nitrogen feed right now and plenty of compost. Good luck!
    Everyone likes butterflies. Nobody likes caterpillars.
  • Thank you! We have 2 pet rabbits and they have been super helpful for fertilizer. 

    I definitely want more camellias, but this one is my baby. 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,925
    edited May 2021
    Camellias are also thirsty plants ... they need plants of water through the summer as this is when next year’s flower buds are forming. 

    We often hear of camelias not flowering, or of the buds turning brown and falling without flowering. This is usually due to insufficient water the previous summer. 

    Rabbit manure is a great compost activator 👍 😊 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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