Camelia Buds Do Not Fully Open - Knowledgebase Question

Auburn, CA
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Question by jones8
October 12, 1999
I have single blossom camelias. The buds open somewhat, but never fully. They either fall off or I pull them off. They get brown around the edges. What do you think; too much water? They are in raised beds.

Answer from NGA
October 12, 1999
Camellia's have a reputation for setting more buds than they can open, so bud dropping may be a natural phenomenon, especially if your plant is otherwise healthy and growing well. But, bud drop can be caused by overwatering in the cool months, or underwatering in the summer. Bud drop can also be caused by spells of very low humidity. Monitor your plant for signs of ill-health, and after flower buds form, thin clusters at branch tips to one or two fat flower buds, leaving the slender leaf buds alone. The remaining buds should open into beautiful, large flowers.

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