Answer: Camellias prefer to grow in rich, moist, slightly acidic soils. If your soil is too alkaline, essential nutrients can be tied up and unavailable to plants. I'd have the soil pH checked, prune the plants back by about one-third to stimulate healthy new growth, feed with an acidified camellia fertilizer and water as often as necessary all year around to keep the soil moist but not soggy wet. I think you'll see an almost immediate change in your shrubs.
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