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Gloucestershire Echo - - YOUR GARDEN -

Q I planted a camel­lia about six years ago and it never flow­ered. It was lush and green and grew to about 5ft, but sadly no flow­ers. I moved it last spring and I got about a dozen of them. It bud­ded in late Au­gust and they still have buds. Do I just leave th­ese on or do I dead­head them? Please help. S Nel­son A That’s good you were able to im­prove flow­er­ing by chang­ing the camel­lia’s lo­ca­tion. You’re quite right – the buds form the year be­fore (which is why it’s so im­por­tant that camel­lias don’t dry out dur­ing the sum­mer) and all be­ing well, th­ese will open to blooms in spring.

So don’t dead­head them, let them blos­som!

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