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I am a newcomer to camellias and would like to get an opinion for a
Towards the last months of January, I purchased 6 camellias in a 14 pot:
- Ella Ward Parsons;
- Wynne Rayner;
- Adolphe Audusson;
- Coral delight.
with the aim of making them grow in pots (at least in the early years).
I then put them in 29cm pots, leaving one on the bottom
drainage layer (cocci, etc.) and adding a soil composed of:
- 1/3 specific soil for acidophilic plants;
- 1/3 river sand;
- 1/3 vegetable garden (previously fattened with horse manure);
- Pine needles.
The problem is that with the passing of days in the first three (the last 3 are
more robust?) the leaves have left a glossy green color and are
become more and more bronze-colored (in the upper part), yes they are
dry and twisted on themselves; the buds also appear
dried up and firm (they do not become enlarged).
The vases are in a small terrace, protected from the wind and direct sunlight
waterings are regular and done with tap water made
decant, once a week add a little specific fertilizer for
camellias and chelated iron, and I recently gave some fungicide in doubt
was a mushroom problem.
Reading here and there in the forum and in some magazines the causes would seem
attributable to cultivation errors that I do not seem to commit
(iron deficiency, too much water, etc.), the other three seem to me
in good shape.
Could it still be possible to save them? (I attach picture with two of the
camellias in crisis).
Already there are ... when I buy camellias, the leaves always present
of the white spots, the nurserymen perhaps spray products for
to protect the leaves?
Thanks in advance for your reply.
Problems with Camellias: Answer: Camellias
Thank you for contacting us about cultivation questions
of the Camellia.
The Camellia belongs to the Teacee family with origin from Japan and
Korea. It is a very shiny, sensitive perennial plant with a persistent leaf
in the cold and in our climates it blooms in spring with large flowers of
color varies from white to red.
In order to grow well, it needs acid and very moist soil, shelter
winter from cold, medium lighting and very humid atmosphere.
It is subject to various fungal and environmental pathologies such as those arising
both for exposure to cold and from intolerance to basic soil e
from hard or calcareous waters but also from the very dry atmosphere.
From the symptoms reported the identification of the problem is not easy
resolution (plants bought together, same soil, same treatments
but 3 are vegetating and 3 blocked), furthermore the potentials are eliminated
causes of fungal diseases and root rot due to water stagnation because
good drainage has been performed.
Making a bibliographic research it has been noticed that the camellia forms some
leaf bronzes due to excessive salinity of the substrate because it creates
radical necrosis that blocks the absorption of nutrients e
hence the development of the plant.
For this reason, we advise you to extract the stunted plants from the pot and
check the status of the roots. If the roots are necrotic and not
vital it will be necessary to foresee a new repotting with the elimination of the roots
damaged, twisting the branches and not putting the fraction in the soil
pine needles and garden soil (could contain salts
deriving from previous fertilizations concentrated in the soil
of those 3 vases?).