All Things Gardening forum: Camellia bush (tree) trimming and health

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Texas (Zone 8a)
Feb 1, 2014 9:21 PM CST
The non-profit I work at has 2 old camellia trees that have obviously trimmed alot. Those are very yellow-leafed and obviously need some help. Even though they are obviously older, they are about 4-5 feet in heith.
There are 3 very old trees that look like a dwarf camellia, maybe. They are all very thick-based, and growing withing 10 inches of each other. There is some dead wood in there that will need to come out, but otherwise they seem healthy. They are taller than the roof of the first floor of the house. They will need to be trimmed way down due to their location.
My question is about when do I trim them and how? And I assume the yellow leaved plants need fertilizer or something. What type and when and when will it be safe to trim them, being they are somewhat ill.
I am in Texas, zone 8, I believe.
Thanks ya'll!
(PS- I cross posted this in another forum here too)
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Feb 2, 2014 6:24 AM CST
You don't say whereabouts in Texas...

The yellow leaves could be a ph problem. Camellias are said to prefer an acid soil.

I would not start cutting on a sick shrub... in my experience... that's the quickest way to finish it off...

are the plants blooming?
You won't want to prune the camellias... until the blooming is finished...

If these shrubs have been kept sheared... you may want to do a bit of thinning...
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Feb 2, 2014 8:31 AM CST
Here is an article on pruning Camellias, it gives much more detailed information than I could provide.,9,109&page...
I seem to learn a lot better from visual demonstrations so here is an Australian video showing the process of renovation.
Some of the products mentioned in the video may not be available but similar products are available here in the USA.
Hope this helps. I am sure others can add personal experience advice.
[Last edited by Seedfork - Feb 2, 2014 10:48 AM (+)]
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Texas (Zone 8a)
Feb 2, 2014 9:33 AM CST
Thanks stone and Seedfork! I am in deep east Texas. The place that was 70 degrees yesterday and will be having snow and ice later this week. :)
I'll go look at the links!

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