Pruning cammelias - Knowledgebase Question

Durham, No
Question by bcstray
April 15, 2010
We have allowed our two camellia bushes to go unpruned.Two are pink and one is varigated. They bloomed around Easter. All three are way too tall,and two are skinny,with gaps in foliage. They all appear otherwise healthy.I need help pruning- how much and also fertilizing.

Answer from NGA
April 15, 2010


It may take two years to renovate your camellia so it is thick and bushy again. Since camellias spend the summer developing flower buds, early spring is the best time to prune. Cut the stems back by 8"-10" to force growth in the lower and inner parts of the branches. After flowering has finished next spring, prune them back again. Eventually they will become bushy and full of beautiful blooms. You can feed your camellia with an acidified fertilizer such as those formulated for Rhododendrons/Azaleas/Camellias. Apply in amounts as recommended on the label. Enjoy your camellias!

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