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Hi All,

Upon clearing my new garden I have found a Camelia Japonica that was growing against a conifer bush, now I'd like to move it across the other side or at least somewhere so it's backed up against a fence or wall so it's in the same position as before as it's only flowering on the one side.

Can someone tell me when the best time to move it would be or is it best left alone, and if and when it is best to prune it back and how far.

I suppose what I'm asking for is as much information about camelias as possible please )


Move it as soon as the flowers have faded, or earlier if you don't mind losing this year's flowers. Prune it as soon as you have moved it. You can prune it as much as you need to. If possible site it away from morning sun to avoid damage to the flowers from morning sun on frosty days. Incorporate moisture retaining organic matter into the planting hole and don't let it dry out in the months after replanting. 

Thanks Goldilocks I will do that this weekend, and I've got just the place for it too where it wont look out of place. This is against my fence because due to a load of unwanted bushes on it's one side (now removed) it has only grown on it's one side so I can place it against the fence where it will look like it's been there from the start, and yes this is away from morning sun but will get good afternoon sun.

You say not to let it dry out in the months after moving, for how long and how often ?

my white Camelia has only had three poor flowers this year  -  it is quite a thick bush  -  can I thin it out and prune it now October and what should I feed it with and when  -  need some help with this one!!

thanks for your reple will leave pruning till after flowering  - thats if I get any flowers  - ground is already acidic as I live in the Highlands


Olive, yes leave any pruning until may well have a good spring flowering anyway. ,

i wonder if your camelia dried out at all from late July to September?  This could cause poor flowering.  Keep well watered mext summer and apply a thick organic mulch in preference to fertilising or in addition to 

thank you for your help  I have kept a note in my 2016 diary  -  - what a wonderful service this is

I had a few years ago a very sweet scented plant that only floweredin the middle of the night and was dead by daylight - it was a indoor plant - I cannot remember what it was called and would like to get another one - has anyone any ideal what this was?

Cestrum nocturnum maybe?  

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