cotton ball looking thing on winter blooming camellia

fragrant_growerApril 17, 2006

Hi,

I am new to camellias and i bought this fall 2 winter blooming, japonica? and 1 spring blooming, sasanka?. they are all doing fine. however, one winter blooming bush has some cotton looking thing on its branches. not sure what it is.

the spring blooming just finished blooming but now its leaves are turning yellow. i could be overwatering but have stopped doing so.

what could be the problem? i put some slow release fertilizer from sta-green for camellias early spring. how can i get the maximum winter blooms on these camellias?

thanks in advance.

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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Probably camellia scale.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2006 at 2:43PM
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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

Could be that sort of scale.

But it would help to know what size and shape that "cotton ball thing" is.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2006 at 1:06AM
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fragrant_grower

Thank you both for responding. the size is about small cranberry white and seemed that where the flower was in winter, thats the spot this cotton ball is. Am overwatering?

    Bookmark   April 20, 2006 at 10:54PM
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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

Well, then it's not camellia scale.

Perhaps the beginnings of seed pods?

    Bookmark   April 21, 2006 at 11:50PM
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laydelyn

Cotton ball looking thing! Just what I was wondering about! I have a winter blooming camellia. Pale pink, kind of flat petaled flowers. Its got some cotton ball looking things...BUT... they opened! Inside are leaves actually, but very thick (almost like a succulent) and waxy. It's kind of creepy really. There are several on this plant. One is very big. If I push it back together, it is larger than an Extra Large Egg. There are also several smaller ones, all the same thick waxy leaves when it opens. WHAT THE HECK IS IT? Someone must know... Thanks from Laydelyn in Charlotte, NC

    Bookmark   May 17, 2006 at 8:34PM
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luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

I still think it is camellia scale, which affects the lower part of leaves and slowly causes leaves to turn yellow. But, here is another possibility... you may be suffering from cottony cushion scale. Its symptoms include "cotton-like" spots on the leaves and joints of the branches. If their numbers are small, you can swab them off with an insecticidal soap or alcohol-dipped cotton swab. If the numbers are too high, then you need to turn to a systemic insecticide, which is potent and has collateral effects on some plants. See Figure 26 in the link below. If you could post a picture, that might help. Luis

Here is a link that might be useful: Cottony Cushion Scale

    Bookmark   May 18, 2006 at 1:08PM
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laydelyn

Reply to Luis_pr.... I checked out your link, and that is not what my camelia has, sorry to say.. I hoped it was my answer! What I have is not on a leaf, its attached to the stems, just like a leaf would be. The outside is white, spotted with tan. The one is very large, others are more like the size of a big marble. Very odd. Thanks anyway, I'll keep looking for the answer. Maybe I should take a digital photo?

    Bookmark   May 18, 2006 at 8:04PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Of course, take a picture and attach it.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2006 at 2:11PM
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glantern(z7b GA)

It's probably camellia gall. Best advice is to remove and dispose of the affected leaves away from the plant. See the attached link.

Here is a link that might be useful: Camellia Gall

    Bookmark   May 19, 2006 at 11:15PM
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laydelyn

It might be camellia gall. The description sounds close to what I have. I trimmed the camellia today, cut off all the cottony looking things. I took some photos, but I can't figure out how to upload them. I tried select all/copy... when I come back here, I don't have the paste option. I even tried "cut" from my source photo, still no paste option. I even tried import.
Thanks

    Bookmark   May 20, 2006 at 3:04PM
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