The Q&A Archives: Camellia not blooming

Question: We planted 3 Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide' about 3 years ago, and have not been getting any blooms. Rather than anything in Dec/Jan, I just noticed 2 very small blooms in March. The plants look very healty, and have grown some since planting (I've done no pruning). They are well mulched, growing in partial to full shade. Does this sound like a problem with the fertilizer/soil?

Answer: Camellias can be painfully slow to establish (3 years is common) but once the roots are well established, your camellias should produce new growth all over. You may want to prune your plant 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. This new growth should produce flowers this coming winter. Enjoy your garden!

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