Reviving a Camelia
We moved into our new house in May and took over a slightly neglected garden. I have been busy pruning back the overgrown shrubs and haven't really had time to think about a potted Camelia that I found at the bottom of the garden. I have been watering it but nothing else so far so I would like some advice about what to do now to help it along. It is about 3' tall and rather sparsely covered in unhealthy looking yellowish leaves. It is in a ceramic pot about 14" across. The soil seems to have washed away over the years so all that is keeping it alive at the moment is a solid ball of weeds, grass and roots. I can lift the plant out of the pot with this soil lump the size of a football. Should I lift it and clear away the old soil then repot in fresh compost or would it be better to leave it until Spring? I also have no idea whether it is hardy or not but I know that it survived the last Winter outside as the house we bought had been empty since the previous Autumn. There is plenty of room in the pot to add some more soil if that is a good temporary measure. I have some basic gardening knowledge but have never had a Camelia so any information would be much appreciated.