Camilias - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by shirleymc
March 12, 2010
I have a camillia bush (fall blooming) that puts out alot of blooms in the fall but never open up. They are still on the bush now but show brown around the bud as if they have been bit by the frost. Why do they never completely open up.

Answer from NGA
March 12, 2010


It's really difficult to diagnose a plant problem without actually seeing it! Camellias quite often set more flowers than the shrub can support. As a result, the buds, or the newly opened flowers are dropped. As long as your camellia looks otherwise healthy, there's not much you can do but wait until the plant becomes more mature (and has a larger root system - large enough to support both the shrub and the flowers). If the petals of the flowers are browning just as they fall off, or if the buds never open, you may be dealing with a fungal infection. It's weather related (cold, wet conditions) and it's worse some years than other. If this is the case, pick off the infected buds and rake to remove the fallen flowers which will remove the fungal spores and help prevent further infection. Best wishes with your camellia!

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