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Q Can I pre­vent ‘Brush­field’s Yel­low’ flow­ers go­ing brown af­ter open­ing?

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KELLY BURNETT, STOCKTON-ON-TEES, COUNTY DURHAM

AThis camel­lia is a ‘japon­ica’ cul­ti­var and these hold onto flow­ers as they fade un­like the ‘william­sii’ types that drop their blooms be­fore they dis­colour. Be­cause ‘Brush­field’s Yel­low’ has pale flow­ers, they show dam­age from wind, frost-brown­ing and age­ing more than darker colours. There’s prob­a­bly noth­ing wrong with your plant – it’s just be­hav­ing nat­u­rally. If pos­si­ble, move it to a warmer, more shel­tered spot.

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