Camellia season is almost upon us here in South East Queensland – so we have been busy tidying our young camellias and making them look as good as possible.
Some need staking upright – and this process means that we take a good look at each plant.
The ‘Elegans’ family, Elegans, Elegans Champagne, Elegans Splendour and Elegans Supreme, as young plants, are often untidy, with short upright growth with invariably a vigorous branch shooting off at right angles, low on the plant.
Tying up the branches can result in them snapping at the trunk.
Another aspect that applies to all camellias is that a young plant may decide to put on a flower bud at a early stage, on the leading growth. Once this happens, the plant puts all its energy into developing the flower and as a result, no new growth will happen – until the following season. Ultimately, both plants will grow away the following season.