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Can anyone tell me why my white Camelia flowers are going brown then dropping, please? Some of them drop as soon as they come out, some drop as they start to turn brown. It has been mild where I live - East Sussex coast - so I don't think it can be due to frost or cold winds.
White flowers on Camelias are more susceptible to browning and falling. The position is esp important to white varieties ...they are just not as hardy flower wise as reds or pinks. For this reason, I have a white variety in a very protected position, out of morning sun of course and protected from bitter winds.
I had a white variety at the front,of my house few years back and even though it's very mild here the,flowers browned and spoiled. in it's new position, as already said, it's absolutely fine.
I too am on the coast so salt winds are potentially a problem too on those flowers. So my protected spot includes defence against sea winds
can anyone tell me what is best weed killer to us as got loads of weeds but don't want to kill my spring bulbs
Grav - it could also be a reaction to underwatering at the time of flower formation in August and September.
Eric - start a new thread to get answers on your topic as people will come to this one to read about camellias, won't they?.
Eric, yes obelixx is right but be careful with any weedkiller there. You can't use now with bulb foliage appearing. Tell you what, I'll start a thread called WHAT WEEDKILLER? to try and get answer for you, ok?
I'd agree with obelixx too - and when you bear in mind how much hot, dry weather there was last year, it's quite likely that lack of water when it's needed in late summer could have been an issue.
Thanks Verdun and obelixx, will make sure plenty of water available this August and see if there is any difference. Following on from that though, my next question would be that if it gets plenty of water and still browns and drops, how do I move a well established plant? Would it be better to 'cut my losses' and cut it down and plant another variety?
Can anyone tell my why my pink camellia flowers have white patches/stripes on them please. It's the first time in over 15 years I have had this problem. They look quite pretty!
I've moved camelias from house to house with no problem. If you have a suitable location I'd definitely give it a go.
No idea about the white patches/stripes, never noticed any on mine over the years. I'll be interested to see the responses you get.
White;patches on camellia leaves may be an indication that the soil they are growing in is not acid enought for their liking. There were several large camellias trees around where I live which developed spots on their leaves and they are all slowly dying off one by one. When I soil tersted my garden on the other side of the fence it registered as only slightly acidic. Forking in ericacieous compost may help but you will have to keep it up on an annual basis.
I find camellias are generally more tolerant of lime in the soil than azaleas, Pieris, rhododendrons etc. in my neutral soil camelias do very well. Aspect, quality of soil and moisture levels make a big difference too.
Re those white patches on your flowers greenspinnaker I wonder if mildew is a factor. Are leaves affected too?