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Camelia yellow and weak leaves - please help

Discussion in 'Container Gardening' started by GardenSoul, Feb 20, 2019.

  1. GardenSoul

    GardenSoul Apprentice Gardener

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    Hi.

    I am new to gardening. I have two Camelia's in pot - one of them is very healthy and has lots of buds and healthy leaves (both photos belong to the unwell Camelia). The other one next to it in second pot has gone very weak and with yellow leaves. I suspected some problem within the pot so removed it to check the pot and it had clay filled up holding lot of water in the pot. I removed the clay from the bottom and mixed some compost and re-potted hoping that I have fixed the problem. It has been 6 weeks since re-potting but the plant is still weak. I tried to feed it with Miracle-gro Camelia feed twice since re-potting but no luck.

    I have attached two photos of the plant with problem, please can anyone help me to rescue this plant?


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    Hiya GardenSoul, welcome :)
    Had you not checked your pot I would have said exactly that the problem was water logging.
    Now however, give it a chance. Don’t feed it as often right now. It won’t need it. It won’t start growing for a few weeks yet so let it be and don’t fuss over it
    Hopefully your camellia will recover during the growing season:)
    In pots I use an ericaceous John innes compost......I find the lighter multi purpose compost dries out too much
    During the growing season don’t let it dry out; esp during July/Sep keep it well watered:)
     
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      Marley Farley Affable Admin! Staff Member

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      Hi @GardenSoul and Welcome. Erecacious compost as Verdun says is important and I always use John Innes too as it is a soil based compost and more to their liking.. Good luck.. :SUNsmile:
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        Hi there @GardenSoul :sign0016: to our lovely forum.

        Now I'm not a very knowledgeable gardener...I just work by trial and error :heehee:
        However there is one thing I have learnt due to one of our Camellias (which is in the wrong place but too big to move) suffering from grotty leaves once the season kicks in. It gets the early morning sunshine and this definitely isn't the best situation for it ,especially after a cold night ..... the extremes in temperature seems to have a detrimental effect on the leaves. I have even tried fleecing ours but it's way too big to do so successfully.
        @Verdun is our true expert so you've had the best response to your post :blue thumb: He might get back to you to say that this isn't your problem but thought it might be worth sharing with you, especially if the pots are in such a position :dbgrtmb:
         
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          Thank you Verdun, Marley Farley, Upsydaisy for your kind replies. Regarding sunlight the Camelia very next to this one is thriving - so that was one reason for me to think this is specific to the sick one. However both gets morning sun, so I will see what I can do. Also will look into the compost. Thanks the replies much appreciated :):spinning:
           
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