Is there any way to stop a Camellia from blooming?
Hi - I moved into my cottage 3.5 years ago and there is a nice Camellia tree, which I love, but it has the blight and so whenever it comes to blooming time, it makes such a mess. The blooms are open 1 day and then turn brown and fall off. Its not attractive at all because there are so many blooms but they are all brown, and my research revealed that there's not much I can do about the blight. The soil has long been contaminated under it, since its been like this each year and I've never cleaned it up, not knowing what was wrong. Truth is, I'm thinking of cutting it down but the tree itself is nice and healthy, if I could just get it not to bloom, I'd like to keep it. Probably impossible, right? Is my only recourse to remove it or deal with a few ugly months of tons of brown blooms all over the tree and ground, which also fall on the walking path and get spread around by my shoes? Also, can bees spread the blight? My neighbors have camellias and I feel like keeping it with the blight will result in their plants getting it eventually. It seems irresponsible somehow to keep it if it would spread. Thanks!