Sun or Shade for Camellias - Knowledgebase Question

Jacksonville, FL
Question by TomsStuff
March 28, 1998
I have 4 camellias in my garden. They are more than 2 years old, and about 2 ft. tall. They are, however, very spindly, and only have one or two blossoms per bush. I fertilize them as directed with camellia fertilizer, and they are well watered. They arein an area that gets only a couple of hours of sun each day. Should they be moved, or is there anything else that can be done to improve their appearance?


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Answer from NGA
March 28, 1998

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Camellias do best in filtered shade, such as under tall pine trees; however, I have had good luck with mine in a less shaded area. This year, we had a tremendous amount of bloom. I live in the Jacksonville area and I have 4 plants.

Two hours of sun a day may be the reason they are spindly. If you have an area such as suggested above, I would move them. Continue fertilizing with azalea/camellia type fertilizer immediately after they bloom. Camelllias do not require much pruning, but if some pruning is needed, do it at this time. Keep moist, but not wet.

Good luck.

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