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Parched Camelia

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by bill-lancaster, Jul 15, 2018.

  1. bill-lancaster

    bill-lancaster Apprentice Gardener

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    Have been watering loads of shrubs throughout this drought but I missed a young Camellia japonica. Unfortunately the top leaves are brown and brittle but the lower ones are in rather better shape, The plant is about 4 ft tall.
    Apart from watering it, is there anything else I can do? Would removing the seriously damaged parts help?
    Any advice is welcome
     
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    Not a definitive answer, but I would be inclined to water it well, keep watering it well in this weather, and just remove the dead leaves. :dbgrtmb:
     
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      Since it is a young plant, the flowering is prob not the most important thing next year.
      However, camelias drying out at this time of year usually means they will abort flower buds.
      Agree with Shiney....removing dead leaves will not harm the camelia but keep it well watered. Hopefully, it is in dappled shade bill-lancaster?:)
       
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      The plant is not in the right place, it's nearly in full sun. If it survives this I'll move it to a better location
       
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      I am growing a plant in the wrong place here too Bill. In a normal summer it would have been fine but the intense sun is too much for it. I threw a fleece over it during the afternoons and it seems to work. So, I suggest you do the same for now....fleece on hot sunny days :)
       
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