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Aug 15, 2017 3:32 AM CST
Hong Kong
Hi I bought this pink Camilla plant in February and it was blooming fine. During the spring I transplanted it into a bigger pot and seemed fine. As new leaf buds were starting. But then brown spots started appearing on the leaves and leaves are falling off. I think it's dying. Please help, how do I save it?

I live in a tropical area that's very humid so i kept the soil moist but not too wet. I've stopped feeding and only light water. It doesn't seem to be taking up water much now. Also, this year has been really hot, around 32celsius almost everyday for the past month and a half.

The first pic is when I first got it. Second is from today. Third is of the brown spots. Any suggestions I can do would be helpful. Thank you in advance.

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Aug 15, 2017 5:12 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Camellias are not easy plants to care for and get to re-bloom. They generally don't flower unless they are quite potbound. In the spring, it would have been better if you had pruned the stems back and NOT repotted.

The discolored leaves are likely caused by damage done during repotting or by irregular watering; or by high temps. It is not a serious problem.

It is unlikely to bloom again for quite a while. Therefore, I suggest that you prune back the leggy stems and keep the new growth pinched. Protect it from any direct outdoor sun; keep it on the cool side; water it only when the top half-inch of soil feels dry. To protect it from excess heat, you may need to move it inside to a sunny indoor windowsill.
Will Creed
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Aug 15, 2017 7:46 PM CST
Hong Kong
Thank you so much for your reply Will. I was thinking of flushing the roots and repot with new soil, I'm glad I asked first before I did anything.
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