Q Why are the leaves turn­ing pale yel­low?

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CAROL SANDERS, SHROPSHIRE

A It’s best to plant camel­lias in shade, though they can grow in cooler parts of the UK in full sun. Planted against a sunny wall, the fo­liage will be­come baked and nat­u­rally turn pale or yel­low. You could try feed­ing with some pel­leted chicken ma­nure in spring to give the leaves a ni­tro­gen boost or move them to a more shady spot. If your soil is too al­ka­line for these acid-lovers, they may have an iron de­fi­ciency, so ap­ply some iron sul­phate.

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