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I have two camellias in my garden. Both inherited and well established. One is in fab condition - shiny green leaves, loads of flowers. The other is not! Yellowy leaves with some brown patches. They have both had the same treatment (fed with ericaceous feed and some sequestering iron, watered with some tap, some rain water). The unhealthier one is in a sunnier spot and is fairly near to a large tree, so could this be the problem, or is there possibly something else going on? There's no evidence of bugs. I'm a very novice gardener so would really appreciate some tips! Thanks


Camelias do like to be kept fairly moist, so although they are woodland plants it is possible the tree is starving it of moisture. They prefer dappled shade like most woodlanders so it could be too much sun.


Sequestered iron really perked mine up this year - but you sound like you are already giving them that.  Epsom salts sprayed on the leaves was another recommendation i had.


Yellowing of the leaves with brown spots does point to either magnesium or iron defficiencies. Espom salts diluted in water sprayed on the leaves work for magnesium defficiency in the short term and if it perks up you will need a long term solution..  

flowering rose

sounds like you need to wash the surrounding area in soapy water and clean the leaves with milk or water .Camillias like to be watered but not over (let it dry out) must be ericasuious(cant spell that but you get idea) soil and with plenty of ventillation  not central heating.


Thank you - will see how it fares over the autumn

My camillia was very poorly a couple of years ago, but constant feeding with a specific feed for ericacious (I can';t spell it either) plants, azaleas and camillias and gallons of water in the summer seems to have brought it back to life.  |It looked healthy this year but only a few flowers, but now it is covered with buds.  It lives next to a confer which shades it from the morning sun, I also deadhead very regularly when it does have flowers.


Good luck

Get Boy George to come and have a look at it.  You could then have a Calmer Camellia.


Sorry, couldn't resist

Munzie, sounds like you are getting the beginnings of mould from the overhead tree.  (aphids on tree leaves depositing on your camelia)  Is it a sycamore, by any chance?  In a sunnier position is not ideal.

Any chance of moving it away from the tree and maybe to a shadier spot?

It's not a sycamore - it's some kind of evergreen with fir cones, and it's not directly under the tree, but the tree does take a lot of water as the lawn under it is always very dry. It may have already been moved when we had the garden done in May (I can't quite remember), so maybe it's just a bit stressed (although it was always the least healthy of the two). 

Not the best position umder a fir free.  Not too many plants like the needle drop.  Clearly the soil is acidic enough......possibly even too acidic.  I know that sounds odd but do a ph test there.  

I would move it

Woodgreen wonderboy

Ground near conifers can be very dry. You could pot it up (depending on it's size of course) and mollycoddle it for a year or two. I don't have acid soil, but I love camellias to bits, so I grow several in pots, and they seem to do well and any sickliness easily addressed.

Surprisingly woody, camellias are reasonably lime tolerant.  Well, tolerate better than Rhodos, etc.  I can grow these in my garden soil which is about neutral.  

Woodgreen wonderboy

I agree, and they do get a mix of rain/tap water. But they can yellow up sometimes which could be a function of the lack of food in the pot. However I like to grow them this way also because they can be on the patio, near the house, flowering where I can see them even when the weather is too cold to go outside. That's my excuse anyway...

Good enough for me woody 

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