The Q&A Archives: Camellia Won't Bloom

Question: I have a camellia that I planted two years ago and I have not had a bloom on it yet. The leaves are nice and dark green, but it just sits there doing nothing. It is located in a shady spot, and I feel that it still gets enough sun.

Do you have any ideas why it does not flower?

Answer: Sometimes plants just need to "grow up" before they can develop flowers. Your camellia probably took a full year to become established after planting. Since it looks healthy, it must be getting the light and water it requires. I'd give it a little more time to mature before expecting blooms. This spring you can fertilize (after new growth begins). This summer it might develop a flower bud or two, and provide you with blooms next year. I hope so!

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