Posted: 29/09/2014 at 22:57
Container grown shrubs do look nice at times but. They do require more attention than say a bowl of tulips etc. Camelias can be a bit sensetive at time, although they can also be very tolerant. Sounds like your one has been left for a longtime to care for itself. Right or wrong time. IMO. If a plant is crying out for help. Then MOW is the time to step in and give it some TLC. Firstly. Check it over for boken, damaged growth and cut out. Spindly growth can also go. Think about as getting rid of poor sad sap drinkg rubbish. Then remove from the container. Wash away the old soil. Examine the roots. It is quite safe to cut away really thick heavy old root stock. Think all the time. You want this baby to get the best of everything. Repot with fresh ericaceouse compost. Water, preferably with rain water, why? Tap water contains chlorine and lime. Camelias are acid lovers. If you intend to keep the plant in a container, then you will have to really give it loads of TLC. Careful watering and feeding. A quick tip for those growing Camelias, Rhodos etc in the ground. Remember they are surface rooting and acid lovers. Most of the leaf damage being experienced now, may be due to rust of various kinds, but sudden climate, moisture changes are taking their toll.