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May 26, 2020 2:03 PM CST
Name: Annie
Seattle, WA (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest
Hi there,
My mom's camellia has yellow leaves that are dropping. We've tried adding coffee grounds to the soil to increase the acidity and she's fed it recently. The camellias next to it don't seem to have the same issue. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated since my mom loves this camellia. I'm adding two photos, but if anyone would like a different shot, just say so.
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May 26, 2020 2:42 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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A few older yellow leaves falling off in spring is natural. Your Mom's camellia is putting out all sorts of new growth - that's a good thing.

Check to make sure it is getting enough water.
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May 26, 2020 2:48 PM CST
Name: Annie
Seattle, WA (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest
Thank you! That's is good news to hear!
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May 26, 2020 3:20 PM CST
Name: Luis
Hurst, TX, U.S.A. (Zone 8a)
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Camellias like their soil to be kept as evenly moist as you can so, make sure that it has 2-4" or organic mulch at all times. While moisture issues could contribute to some yellowing leaves, in June, camellia japonicas (like your mother's plant) like to drop old foliage as Daisyl pointed out.

One other thing that I would check... is the plant in part sun? japonica leaves cannot stand afternoon or evening sunlight during the Summer months. Full sun is ok during winter or early Spring though.

Since I could not see what could possibly provide shade after 11am or so in the picture, just check that something will give it shade. Sasanqua leaves can withstand full sun but japonica and reticulata leaves do not.

If the soil is a little sandy, consider watering more water and adding a 1/2 to 1" layer of organic compost every Spring.
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May 27, 2020 4:44 PM CST
Name: Annie
Seattle, WA (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest
I'm printing this for my mom. Thank you!
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