Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Camelia question: I revamped our communal garden last year. I inherited a pink camelia (nameless) which only ever produced 1 flower per year including last year, however this year, there are a dozen pink flower buds showing (I'm delighted!) I think this is because I had a 35ft diseased elm tree removed which was either shading the camelia and or taking all the nutrients out of the ground? I also gave the camelia a good feed last year after flowering, of ericaceous compost plus some blood, fish and bone. My thinking the other day was "it's doing so well, and my previous feed must've been successful, so I'll give it some more". So I top dressed the soil around it with some ericaceous compost again, literally 2 days ago. Now I've just read on another website that you're meant to feed camelias after flowering ... no mention of what happens if you feed them before flowering .... what will the effects of this be? Have I done the wrong thing!!! Should I scrape away the compost!!? Any help gratefully appreciated!
- 15 Feb, 2011