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I recently transplanted a 3 year old camellia bush that is about 5 feet tall from a friend. I'm not sure it is doing so well, some of the leaves are turning dark gray from the inside out, while others look just fine. Is this type of shock to be expected? I won't fertilize, but wondered if I should cut back the dying foliage or let it settle in for the year first? Any thoughts?



That's a lot of topgrowth the poor thing has to support without an efficient root system because its been damaged by the move. Suggest you remove a third of the topgrowth to relieve the pressure, and keep watered (couple of gallons weekly) during drier spells, so that it will generate new roots and grow anew.

10 May, 2012

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