PRUNING CAMILIAS (ZONE 7) - Knowledgebase Question

NORCROSS, GA
Question by amoylan
April 3, 2006
FIRST QUESTION: RELALTES TO 2 LOVELY CAMILIAS THAT MY GARDENING TEAM JUST CUT LIKE A HEDGE. WHAT CAN I DO TO INCOURAGE GROWTH ON THE BOTTON AND A LITTLE MORE FULLNESS. ALSO IS THERE A SUMMER AND FALL FLOWERING VARIETY.
BULB PLANTING: IS IT TOO LATE FOR GLADIOLAS ETC NOW.


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Answer from NGA
April 3, 2006

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Angela,

Any evergreen shrub tends to grow topheavy if you don't prune to keep the top more narrow than the base. Once foliage is lost at the bottom it may take a severe pruning followed by light trimming as it regrows to retain the proper proportions.

Camellia sasanqua varieties bloom in early to late winter and Camellia japonica varieties bloom in late winter to early spring.

It's not too late for gladiolus but don't delay any later.

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