Re: camelias

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Posted by Newt on August 21, 2003 at 09:54:04:

In Reply to: Re: camelias posted by arlene duncan on July 07, 2003 at 11:55:59:

: : I have a 7 foot camelia bush blocking my window and crammed aganist the house. can i cut it way down then dig up the roots and transplant it elseware? if not what can i do to move it? thank you I live in zone 8 in middle georgia usa. blooms in winter

Hi Arlene,

I don't know if you've done anything with your camellias yet, but you can transplant it this fall or spring. If you move it this fall it may not bloom for you, but at least you'll have it in it's new home.

Generally camellias don't like to be pruned, so if you were to prune it that drastically it might not recover. I would suggest that you only prune one third of the shrub in it's height and width to compensate for losing some of it's root system in transplanting. Here's a couple of sites that should be helpful.

http://www.ext.nodak.edu/extpubs/plantsci/trees/f1147w.htm
http://www.camellias-acs.com/culture.html

Good luck,
Newt

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