Digging up baby camellias from under bush..

trailrunnerbikerMarch 9, 2011

I have never posted here before. I have a very large camellia and it had 6 " babies" under it. I dug them up the other day and potted them. When I looked to see about propagation of camellias it said that seeds don't give a true color. I had to use a large lopper to separate one of the plants from the mother so I know it is the same and was layered w/o me doing it formally...my good luck. Now what will the other 6 be ? Will they bloom or will they be a different color ? Any help appreciated. c

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luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

If the other 5 grew off the Mother Plant as well then they should be the same color. Otherwise, give them time and see what happens.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2011 at 2:11AM
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Thank you luis. I had a friend look at the seedlings and he said " wait and see a couple years ! " So that is what I will do. c

    Bookmark   March 12, 2011 at 4:30PM
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You may be waiting much longer than two years to see blossoms on your camellia seedlings. It's not uncommon for seedlings to take ten or more years before producing their first flower buds. Even after producing its first flowers, a camellia seedling may take another year or two to produce its first typical blossom. In other words, the flowers produced during the first couple of blooming seasons may be atypical. Seedlings are sometimes similar to the mother plant, sometimes entirely different. A lot of our seedlings are children of 'Lady Vansittart.' Some of them are white with candy-cane, carmine stripes like Mommer. Some of them are pure white. So far, all of them are attractive and garden-worthy. The oldest one has been growing since sometime in the early nineties, but it took about ten years to begin a showy blooming cycle.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2011 at 3:44PM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

You could always use the seedlings to graft known varieties to if you have the skill (not hard to find out on the web). Maybe someone you know has a nice variety that is hard to find. Ask permission to cut a scion and graft to your seedling rootstock. It will develop faster than a rooted cutting.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2011 at 12:30PM
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