CAn camellias be divided?

bowdoin514911(7b)May 2, 2012

Hello. I live in SC, and have many camellias on my property, a gift from the former owners. I see new camellias popping up near some of the older bushes. I know very little about them, but was wondering since they are maybe 6" high, can they be dug up carefully, and be replanted elsewhere? I am not sure of the varieties I have, but they are beautiful when blooming. It's like as if I have flowers all year long...and I love it!

Thank you for any advice you can offer.

Emma in Upstate SC

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Dear bowdoin514911 7b SC,
Yes, camellia seedlings can be dug up and relocated. I would wait until they are dormant in late fall or winter to transplant them. That will allow the camellias time to re-establish their root systems and, thus, lessen transplant shock. Camellia seedlings will have a tap root, which you should prune to encourage the development of their root system.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2012 at 10:12AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

What a treat for you! Camellia seedlings are fun and never a disappointment though the offspring won't be identical to the parent plant. The DNA of your many Camellias may all come into expression in the seedlings, considering how bees and other pollinating insects like the flowers!

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 9:48AM
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