Pruning a 7 ft. camelia...

tweetypye(z8/sc AL)February 20, 2008

I have a beautiful pink camelia that is in full bloom right now...the problem is that its really overgrown its area and needs to be pruned back a good bit. I know I'm supposed to prune just after bloom but I am wondering how much I can take off this plant without doing it any harm. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.


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I take my cue from the instructions that the American Camellia Society gives for transplanting, where they suggest removing 1/3 to 1/2 of the bush. Personally, I never remove more than 1/3 of any type of plant though. It choose the lesser of the two in case there were to be problems later (unrelated to transplanting).

Here is a link that might be useful: Pruning Camellias, by the ACS

    Bookmark   February 21, 2008 at 10:29AM
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Baylady(Z8 Va)

If you do remove part of that beautiful shrub by cutting back; I'd love to do a try at rooting cuttings. I'd be glad to pay for a flat rate box of pencil size cutting when you do decide to do this.
Please let me know.
New Camellia lover

    Bookmark   March 1, 2008 at 12:48AM
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