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Question: We recently planted some camellia plants for our porch. We have noticed many leaves are turning brown and some flowers are falling off. We are wondering if maybe our outdoor water isn't appropriate for these flowers. Any suggestions? Thank you

Answer: If you have only just planted your camellia I suspect it is simply showing a little transplant stress. As soon as it adjusts to the new place in the garden (exposure to sun, soil, water) it should recover and re-establish itself. Just give it some time. Camellias prefer moist, acidic soils so mulch over the top of the soil with peat moss, compost or pine needles to help control soil moisture and provide some acidity as the mulch decomposes. Water your new camellia deeply once or twice a week, depending upon weather. It should perk up soon.

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