The Q&A Archives: Bob Hope Camellia is not growing

Question: I have a Bob Hope Camellia that has been planted for about 5 years. It looks healthy,and it blooms every season, but it has not grown in height or width. It is about three feet tall and about two feet wide. It has not grown but maybe an inch. Is it possible that it is planted too deep?

Answer: Camellia japonica Bob Hope is a compact, upright plant with spectacular red blooms. It can be slow to establish (3 years is common) but once the roots are well established, it should produce new growth all over the plant. You may want to prune your plant immediately after flowering to promote new growth. Remove only 3-6 inches of plant material from the tips of the stems - this should encourage your shrub to develop new shoots at the site of the cut, plus some additional new growth toward the center of the plant. Enjoy your garden!

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