Camellia Won't Bloom - Knowledgebase Question

Temecula, CA
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Question by choover2
February 29, 2000
I have a camellia that I planted two years ago and I have not had a bloom on it yet. The leaves are nice and dark green, but it just sits there doing nothing. It is located in a shady spot, and I feel that it still gets enough sun.

Do you have any ideas why it does not flower?

Answer from NGA
February 29, 2000
Sometimes plants just need to "grow up" before they can develop flowers. Your camellia probably took a full year to become established after planting. Since it looks healthy, it must be getting the light and water it requires. I'd give it a little more time to mature before expecting blooms. This spring you can fertilize (after new growth begins). This summer it might develop a flower bud or two, and provide you with blooms next year. I hope so!

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