I have a five year old white camellia which flowers every year but the flowers always turn brown just as they open then drop off. This year I have one deep pink one? I took a picture and would like to know if this in usual.
Kind regards, Patricia.
Hi Patricia - there is no picture showing but as I have a huge pink Camellia (Donation its called) in my garden I can assure you that this is absolutely normal. If you look at this picture I took a couple of weeks ago you can just see the flower on the left going brown as it ages:
My camellias went brown and dropped off if they got frost or wind scorched or if the morning sun hit them , sadly they have all died a few years ago . They were beautiful if I remembered to protect them
It's always a bit more noticeable on the white ones too. The flowers can be short lived if the weather's a bit rough, which it often is just at the time they're flowering.
If they go short of water in late summer, that can lead to buds dropping before opening, but I'm assuming that isn't the problem.
Morning sun after a frost at flowering time is always an issue, arneil. The trick is to position them so that they aren't in the firing line of that early sun. It can be tricky to get right though.
Thank you for all your answers I was surprised by the position in full sun, also the water shortage. It is in the sun for most of the day. I will make sure it gets more water. Not too sure about digging it up, don`t want to kill it. I have covered the bed in huge mounds of dead leaves, good for keeping moisture in and the birds love to dig through it! Thanks again