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JvloominJvloomin Posts: 4

I recently moved and inherited this plant from the previous owner. Would love to find out what it is so that I can properly care for it.

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  • Bright starBright star Wrea GreenPosts: 1,120

    Looks like a Camelia jvloomin, I don't know which variety but others will. All I know is that they like Ericaceous (acid) soil.

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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,555

    Hi, google Camellia Williamsii and see what you think.

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  • JvloominJvloomin Posts: 4

    Ahhhh, thank you! That's probably why it's not doing so well we potted it up so that we could clear the garden and used multipurpose compost.

    Will go get it some Ericaceous compost today. Thanks guys!

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,553

    Lucky you.   It's lovely.

    If it's in a pot you need to make sure it receives a good water supply, especially between July and October which is when they set their flower buds for the following spring.  You need to use rainwater as hard tap water stops them taking up certain essential nutrients but of rainwater is not available, get some sequestered iron form the garden centre and use that according to the instructions.

    Give the plant a regular spring feed of something like blood, fish and bone and occasional liquid feeds of rose fertiliser or tomato feed which will promote flowers.

    Position the pot so it doesn't receive early morning sun on frozen buds as this will kill them.   Don't put it in full midday sun either as they like dappled shade or partial sun.  More info here form the RHS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=327

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