Posted: 17/04/2017 at 09:58
Hi Bee G
Is it growing close to a tree, or other large shrubs? I had a camellia growing in a border with some rather unattractive, overgrown "car park shrubs". For years it stayed the same size as it was when I bought it (tiny!). I decided to renovate the border and it was the only plant left. Once its large neighbours had been dispensed with it grew rapidly and flowered the next spring, so it obviously didn't like the competition for water, light and food. I'm going to have to prune it quite severely this year as it is growing into quite a large tree. I have another growing very happily under a tree in the back garden, but it is planted a few metres from the tree trunk and flowers very early, before the tree comes into leaf. I make sure it is watered regularly. It's a pink one called Debbie, I think. I wish I could claim to have planned it that way but it is just a happy accident - I tend to buy plants and then think about where they can go! - so if you know the variety, might be worth googling to see when it flowers, some flower earlier than others. If it is quite small, it should be fine in a large pot in a sheltered position where it gets some sun (avoid morning sun as the flowers will scorch if it has been frosty overnight). Use good soil based compost and perhaps mix in some ericaceous as they supposedly like more acid soils. Mine are fine in London clay. Definitely worth trying to grow it somewhere else as they are such lovely plants.