QI HAD a beautiful camellia in my garden. Unfortunately it bloomed in February when we had some sunshine and it shouldn’t have blossomed until April.
The frost in March just wilted the whole plant.
The leaves are now all brown and withered and it looks as if it’s dead. Is there anything I can do? Marie Tohill
AHI MARIE. From your description, it sounds like your camellia has suffered
severe frost damage. When plants are tricked into putting out new growth by unseasonable winter warmth, the new soft leaves are then highly susceptible to being killed off by a cold snap.
It may not recover but I have seen plants spring back to life phoenix-like the following year. My advice would be to cut back all the damaged parts and see if any growth re-emerges.
If nothing has happened by next spring then there’s no point hanging on to it any longer.
Another way of determining life is to scrape part of a branch with your nail – if it’s green underneath, your shrub is still alive.